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Mahon Report

“Corruption in Irish political life was both endemic and systemic. It affected every level of government, from some holders of top ministerial offices to some local councillors, and its existence was widely known and widely tolerated”

— The Mahon report into planning corruption

There will be OIL !

"If you have a milkshake and I have a milkshake and I have a straw … and my straw reaches across the room and starts to drink your milkshake.  I drink your milkshake... Slurp... I drink it up."

— Quote from "There will be Blood" used in a clip relating to Providence Resources oil find off Cork

Terence Conway

"I took this action because of the situation in Erris. What we have been subjected to by the actions of Shell and the State is worthy of a dictatorship, the police are working as an arm of the oil companies"

— Terence Conway - Shell to Sea spokesperson speaking in court before being jailed for two 3-month sentences

Patrick Diskin

"Public order situations are never pretty. pushing and shoving sometimes has to happen to ensure people don't get hurt."

— Superintendent Patrick Diskin speaking in Belmullet District Court

Gerry Burke

"I'd like to call now on Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore, to come down here to Aughoose, where I live and to witness the occupation of a small rural village in Ireland, where ordinary decent people cannot go about their business."

— Gerry Burke speaking on Midwest Radio

Jerry O’Malley

“As we have been abandoned by the State and all its agencies it falls to us, the local citizens, to protect our own neighbourhood."

— Jerry O’Malley - Leenamore resident

Brian O'Cathain

"The Minister [Pat Rabbitte], I think, has done a very good job, and he has come out supporting the industry, in a way that other Ministers haven't in the past.  And I think that's to his credit."

— Oil executive Brian O Cathain praising Minster for Energy, Pat Rabbitte for his blind support of the oil companies and betrayal of the Irish people

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Maura Harrington

Shell's only argument for Corrib, is that it will give Ireland 'security of supply'. However, this requires that Ireland bids against buyers in other countries and pay the full international rate. If the international price of gas were to double over the next decade, then the price that Irish consumers pay for gas will double. In the current economic situation, the Irish State will be forced to borrow money to buy back gas that was given to Shell for free.”

— Maura Harrington - Shell to Sea spokesperson

Gordon Deegan

"[Shell Ireland] confirmed yesterday that the 5km onshore gas pipeline to bring gas from the offshore Corrib field to the market will not be complete until the second half of 2014."

— Gordon Deegan of The Irish Times on the latest admitted delay to Shell's crazy plans


"The first-aid fellow was punching people"

— Harry from Rossport Solidarity Camp commenting on the IRMS first aid policy