"The government has relinquished control over the offshore areas of our industry. Norway was tough regarding oil companies from the start. You now have an almost embarrassingly large pension fund. The situation for Irish communities, however, is as in Ogoniland in Nigeria - oil is a curse,”
Mrs Dowd kindly brought the Shell to Sea walkers in for tea and biscuits.
Another great day on the road, with beeps and shouts and thumbs-up and fists of defiance and solidarity. Tea and sandwiches were served up to the crew by a kindly woman on route, just before the half-way point at Cruachain, the ancient site of inauguration of the Kings of Connacht. More tea on the road including a stop in Tulsk, and a slap-up feed in Strokestown finished the day's walking. That night Roscommon Town hosted the fourth public meeting.