"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.”
“While people in Ireland are suffering in a recession, being told to tighten their belts, to grin and bear the painful cuts to health, education and their dole, the pension levy, the giant oil companies of the world are preparing to remove Ireland’s valuable natural resources and divvy up the billions of euro of profits between their shareholders”
"Nobody can read this and not be affected by the sheer brutality of facts that form the history of the Corrib Gas story. The story is one of human pain, loss, community division, betrayal, grief, political opportunism, corporate greed, monumental lies, statutory incompetence, Governmental folly and treachery. How will it ever be explained to future generations that the state could employ hundreds of Gardaí to stand alongside members of a private security firm, backed up by the Irish Navy in defiance of members of a local community?"
"I felt that, what I was shooting and the story I was seeing playing out, and the issues I was seeing playing out, weren't being transmitted properly through the media. The media had turned this story from a battle of small farmers and fishermen versus an oil company, into a story of idealogically damaged people versus the state."
'The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the State from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory... Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power...the government now has licence to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more'
Instead they [Shell] seem to have treated the Irish like just another third world country. They corrupt the government, try to steal the resources, pay no taxes, and treat the people like crap. Shell is making no friends amongst the Irish and I suppose they don’t care as long as they can manipulate (buy off?) the government.
"And if compulsory acquisitions are ordered against local residents, we will see for the first time in the history of the Irish state, the lands of private citizens being controlled by mercenaries under the name IRMS Security, paid for by Shell."
“Along with other EU States, Ireland has designated certain areas for nature protection and, in those areas, that must be our priority. Many people, indeed, find recreation in the enjoyment of undisturbed nature”