"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.”
"We, the people of Erris who can see further than the next instalment of Shell Blood Money, salute and thank each and every man and woman who has stood with us and continues to do so. ...[I] for one, am proud to be part of something which has transcended the usual definition of protest, and become a phenomenon which, even as we speak, is changing hearts and minds locally, nationally and internationally in ways that even we can't fully envisage at the moment.
Be proud and stand tall."
"The [EPA] advisory committee also revealed in its submission that Ireland accounted for 75 per cent of all outstanding European Court of Justice (ECJ) rulings on breaches of environmental legislation."
"To quote UCD Professor of Economics, Morgan Kelly from a recent newspaper article “It is no longer a question of whether Ireland will go bust, but when.”
How is the state going to buy back its gas from Shell if the country is bankrupt?"
“This is just outrageous and it is grotesque that a government whose credibility has been shattered and that has been utterly disowned by the Irish electorate would make such a momentous decision ...
This is an attempt to complete the total sell-out by Fianna Fáil to the multinationals. Mr Carey is putting the final stamp on this monumental and shameful sell-out."
"Last but not least, I want to thank the people of this small, beautiful, some would say insignificant part of Ireland, Rossport. At a time when the leaders of our country put the resources of the state at the behest of huge private interests, it's their dignity and their courage which should be an inspiration for people everywhere around the country who are suffering now."
"I'm just wondering if we have got into a design rut here, a groove, because of the previous operating conditions and that's driven the thinking and it is a chance to stand back on that thinking"
“Ireland has the highest per capita level of actions and judgements by the European Court of Justice against any nation state in relation to breaches of Environmental Directives, namely Waste, Water, Environmental Impact Assessment, Birds and Habitats. It would be an admirable legacy if the Green Ministers were to ensure their last Ministerial actions did not add to Ireland’s environmental and financial liability”
"The development is a major project by any measure. Notwithstanding that fact, the modified proposed 2010 development will have a remarkably light impact on the pristine environment of the area."