"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
The five men gaoled last year for contempt of court have received a final judgement from the president of the High Court
Micheál Ó Seighin, Willie Corduff, Brendan Philbin, and Philip and Vincent McGrath were brought before the courts again today to receive the final judgement from Justice Joseph Finnegan, the President of the High Court. The five were imprisoned last year for three months, for refusing to obey his order to cease protesting against the scheme by Shell and Statoil to install a dangerous, experimental, raw-gas pipeline through their village.
Justice Finnegan noted that he had the right to fine or even gaol the five men, since they had never obeyed his order. The reason they had been released from prison last September was only because Shell had dropped the injunction against them. However he announced that he had decided that the men should face no further punitive action. Therefore he is not sending them back to prison, or fining them. He decided though, that they are liable to pay Shell's legal costs as well as their own, a bill which will run to hundreds of thousands of euro. The men stressed that their imprisonment, and the trauma caused to their families and communities, was only one chapter in the struggle to free Mayo of the blight of Shell's scheme to exploit the Corrib gas find by processing the raw fuel at a giant refinery , rather than off-shore, which is normal practice. The campaign against the pipeline is set to continue, even stepping upm a gear now. There was a large turn out of supporters at the court, including many who had travelled from Mayo. There were also representatives of Sinn Féin and The Green Party as well as Independent TD Gerry Cowley.Many protesters, including Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry Murray, then travelled to the Statoil building in the IFSC, where they attempted to deliver a section of the controversial pipeline back to the company.
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A few more phootos from the court by shell to sea Fri Apr 07, 2006 18:15
A few more photos from the court this morning.
great illustrations of great men. by iosaf Fri Apr 07, 2006 18:52
I note not one of you has gone "portly" or "flabby" or "overweight" or feel the need to give that "awful pat on the back whilst you shake someone else's hand while smiling at the camera". I've watched ye a long time, given you solidarity in various languages, including your own two, norwegian, spanish and catalan and I like ye a lot. Keep going! and don't let any political party attempt to harness "the energy" - its your energy. Remember that please. You can stand next to them on stages, ask them for help, even get given their mobile numbers, but never, ever let them think they can count on your exclusive support. Because their exclusive support did not bring you where you are today, and will not bring the countless millions in third world countries who are daily victims of the Energy Corporations war on the poor to safety.
one of the Rossport 5 should run for the Dail! by fan Fri Apr 07, 2006 19:09
I believe one of the Rossport 5 should run as an independent TD candidate on local property, ecological, farming, and global issues! do it! You've more a chance as an independent than with any of the national parties, and you'll sit opposite the hypocritical manipulative bastards that allowed you be locked up in prison and stare them in the face on tax-payers money everyday. That would be tax payers money well spent.PLEASE! one of you! run for office as an independent candidate! you'll get all the support & advice you need.
The Law is an Ass. by Chris Murray - at home Fri Apr 07, 2006 19:28 dotliath at gmail dot com n/a 087-776-5289
Whilst welcoming the lack of Prison sentence , I would urge a re-write of the article with a banner headline, The Rossport Five are liable for costs, Their own and Shell's.Three recent environmental cases have had this result. Dominic Dunne, in the case of the hotel development at Trim Castle, Vincent Salafia in the Hill of Tara Case and the Shell to Sea Campaign.While there is a wide divergence in the legal issues here, from the issue of contempt through the judicial review process . The fact is that legislative protection for environment is kow-towed to the corporate agenda, be it Shell or the Cheney wing of Haliburton who are signed on to the Tara project.This is not a simple issue of david Vs goliath it is an issue of right and freedoms , the right of the citizen to seek judicial process against a legislative climate of corruption. These cases are indicative of the State's use of legislation to prevent and obstruct the right to question the planning process.In the recent Planning and Development Bill of 2006 (Strategic infrastructure Bill) launched on the 16th Feburary , Minister Dick Roche TD stated that he would amend the bill on it's path through the Oireachtas to include gas pipelines. The envisaged restructuring of An Bord Pleanala to fast track corporate access to buliding rights concommitently reduces the citizen's right to a hearing, elements of the Aarhus Convention will be transposed into Irish Law to allow 'recognised environmental NGO's ' access the judicial process. These NGO's must have the protection of the environment as their stated aim and be operative for twelve months prior to accessing judicial process. The citizen and the issue of 'locus Standi' or standing will become an issue. The re-structuring of the courts to fast-track queries of an Bord Pleanala decisions is also envisaged. Whilst the NRA have published a template for route selection, construction of an EIS and criteria connecting to critical infrastructure projects which both subvert the Code of Practice agreed between the Dept Of Art's , Heritage, Gaelteacht and the Islands (2000) and the statutory implementation of the National Monuments Act by Duchas which has been abolished these last three years.The issue of punitive sentence versus punitive fine is a simple one, they were not broken through imprisonment so another flank will be tried. A corporation such as Shell has suceeded in having their costs met by the high court , just as the hotel developers in Trim and the NRA and Meath County Council in Tara. A precedent has been created wherein people with an objection to planning decisions are suffering because they stand on a principle, not of defiance but of concern.There are issues of legislation and the use of over-all majority voting in these instances that require examination by human rights bodies. In the case of Tara , the legislation for protecting thearchaeological complex simply does not exist. Yet there has been a raft of planning legislation and an almost equvalent dilution of protective legislation.A simple summing up would be as a citizen you have no right to question the law and how it pertains to you, the mandate that you have given to those you vote for has been abused. ' Environmental Assessment and Construction Guidelines' NRA (Launched 30/03/06)www.nra.ie (cf Archaeological section, by Margaret Gowen and associates)Code of Practice agreed between the NRA and the Dept of Art's, Heritage, Gaelteacht and the Islands(Signed and undated, Sile De valera TD)Could someone add the link for the : Planning and Development Bill 2006 , (Strategic Infrastructure Bill)http://www.hilloftara.info
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Statoil Get A Visit From The Pipe Laying Crew by Elaine Fri Apr 07, 2006 19:29
Who attempted to deliver a section of the disputed pipeline to Statoil's Dublin Office. (And not a tree felled in the process!)
Watch Yer Backs There Now
Our Spirits Are Free But Not Our Resources
Hold On, I Can't Find The Letter Box!
Ye Didn't Try To Stop Shell Pushing The Pipeline Through Rossport
Don't Be Wavin That Thing At Me by Elaine Fri Apr 07, 2006 19:50
After a few attempts to return Statoil's property, the lads decided to lay the pipe across the entrance. Effectively blockading the building.
A 'Right Guard' Moment
Don't Bogart That Pipe Lads
It Ain't 'Either / Or'
Statoil Can Afford A Poncy Office
Lay Your Burden Down
It Seems A Desolate, Soul-less Place - The IFSC by Elaine Fri Apr 07, 2006 20:11
But the picket livened it up considerably.
Braving The Rain
Blockading The Entrance ...
... While Eating Crackers - Ye Make It Look Easy Lads
Pipe Laying Crew
And Then Maura Harrington Got There by Elaine Fri Apr 07, 2006 20:46
When she tried to enter the building, the guards blocked her way and refused her admission. She took names and kicked ass, witnessed and recorded by a friendly neighbourhood 'Revolt Video' head. It should by coming to an independent media site near you soon! Get popcorn.Ironically for a Shell / Statoil pipe, it went out the way it came in. Carried on the backs of dedicated Shell 2 Sea supporters through the centre of Dublin and up O'Connell street. A short breather / Photo op at the GPO and away we went again. Cries of 'careful - dangerous gas pipe' had shoppers getting out of the way fast. Imagine how they would feel if it was a few yards from their homes and filled with high pressure, untreated gas.
Maura Arrives - We've Got Loads Of These Lying Around Back Home
Cops In The Dock
Store Street Guards
At The GPO: Set Her Down Easy Lads, - I Can't, She's Snagged On Something
At Last We Found A Use For The Pipe
class action by EC - RSC Fri Apr 07, 2006 21:58
class action lads, (& i like the suits) i missed the six one but the rossport 5 were way down the items on the rte nine o clock after some amazingly unnewsworthy drivel about a weddingdress shop going bust and something to do with recycling of electric kettles.anyhow well done & hopefully see you all soon at the solidarity camp.
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VIDEO: 5 go free from the 4 Courts!! by Madam K - Revolt Video Collective Fri Apr 07, 2006 22:12
Well done all round...Action's speak louder than words..This battle has been won...The Fight continues..See you on the beach,Solidarity,..VIDEO: www.obin.org/video/wawa/07-04-06-rosport5.mpg
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Listen to Chris by kino Fri Apr 07, 2006 22:57
I came here to make much the same comment as what chris is saying. and what he says is important.I mean they "escaped" ??? many other words could have been better. - this is irrelavant anyway, perhaps the story headline should read more like: "High Court avoids public outrage, yet succeeds in putting huge stress on protest movement.It's really lamentable if people think that there is some success in this. The clever judge has played a blinder.Madam K, are you crazy? 5 go free from the courts? "hundreds of thousands of euro" does not equal "free", it means a huge pressure on the campaign. don't play into their hands. you're reaction is exactly what they want! Make themselves look all nicey nicey while they do their best to f*ck you up good.Fucks sake, are we talking about a legal precedent here which will make it near impossible to take action in the courts against corporations for fear of costs?
query by emma Fri Apr 07, 2006 23:18
shell to hell!!!i've posted this on uk indymedia toohttp://publish.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/04/337835.htmli watched rte news over the internet earlier today, and while obviously we can't believe everything that rte say (!), the line was that while costs were awarded against the five, shell would not be claiming them, can anyone confirm or deny this?