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Day of Chaos at Aghoos Compound
mayo | environment | news report Wednesday August 24, 2011 08:04 by Frank - Rossport Solidarity Camp A field in Aghoos overlooking Shell's compound between Bellanaboy and Pullathomas 085 114 1170
A mass trespass stops work, one person on top of a digger for 4 hours
Today 25 people from Rossport Solidarity Camp sustained a barrage of actions against the site Shell is preparing for its tunnel boring machine. Despite 80 security and three vans of gardaí they were unable to keeps the protesters out. In the chaos that ensued one person got through the lines to d-lock themselves to one of the diggers and remained up there stopping work for 4 hours. Elsewhere other diggers had to stop working as protestors approached.
Con Coughlan, one of those who one of those who breached security said, “It was an incredible day. We pushed and pushed. No matter how many times they dragged us out we kept going back. People were coming from the back, others were launching themselves over the fences at the front.”
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It was this kinda chaos all afternoon
As a veteran of Garvaghy Road, the Lower Ormeau and North Belfast among many other places I was frequently impressed by the presence of political party observers from Dublin, Sligo...I spent days and nights in the company of Eamon O ' Cuiv, Joe Costello, Declan Bree, Mary Lou Mc Donnell, David Norris, and several Fianna Fail women. They stood to witness events in these places and to inform the Government and their parties. I have been many times on the roads of Kilcommon parish and I have yet to meet a consistent political party presence there. In holiday time on the 12 July and 12 August local northern communities were supported by this political presence when the local people sat on the roads to verify the very same principle of no consent.
And I have a photograph of Minister Pat Rabbite speaking on behalf to the Ogoni outside the Nigerian Embassy in Dublin. The Ogoni were welcomed and received by the FineGael/Labour government at Leinster House through Dick Spring with Mary Robinson welcoming the Wiwa family to the Aras in the mid 1990s.
Ireland boasts about the human rights content of its development aid programme and will do so at the coming UPR on 6 October. But what about the right to say no by our own local community in Kilcommon?