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Quotes

James Laffey

"[Future historians] will wonder, for example, how an Irish Government could surrender its natural resources to private enterprise, particularly when the deal was brokered by a corrupt former minister, Ray Burke, in a private meeting with oil and gas bosses. They will wonder, too, how millions of euro could be spent on paying gardaí to provide private security for a multinational whose annual profits regularly top €15 billion. And, most of all, they will wonder how a democratic State could desert its own citizens – decent, law-abiding people who never had any truck with trouble – at their gravest hour of need."

— James Laffey in a Review of Once Upon a Time in the West

Paddy Briggs

"This really is a very beautiful part of the world and you cannot be surprised that those living there want to keep it just as it is. Human nature is very resilient and it is no exaggeration to say that those who have protested, have been to prison, have gone on hunger strike and who have explored every legal and other angle to achieve their objectives have undoubtedly raised the stakes for any corporation planning a similar major project in the future"

— Paddy Briggs who worked for Shell for 35 years, reviewing The Pipe

Caoimhe Kerins

“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”

— Caoimhe Kerins - Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson

Liamy McNally

"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?"

— Liamy McNally commenting on Lorna Siggin's new book "Once Upon a Time in the West"

Richard O'Donnell

"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."

— Richard O'Donnell - director of "The Pipe" and news cameraman

Justice Day O'Connor

'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'

— Barrister for Glengad Landowners Leo Mulrooney quoting US Supreme Court Justice O'Connor

Phil Crossthwaite

"Beyond that 273 metres distance [from the pipeline] people are safe."

— Phil Crossthwaite - a Quantitive Risk Assesment (QRA) consultant for Shell

Fr. Michael Nallen

“Just because we are not living in John Gormley’s constituency does not mean we don’t have human rights”

— Fr Michael Nallen - parish priest of Kilcommon at the Bord Pleanala oral hearing

Banner at John Gormley's office

Mission Accomplished: Shell takeover of Ireland now complete

— Banner raised this week outside John Gormley's office in the Custom House

Former Employee of Shell Oil USA

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.

— Former Employee of Shell Oil USA