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category mayo | environment | news report author Thursday June 16, 2005 13:14author by JohnMauthor address Rossport, Ballina, Co. Mayo Report this post to the editors

Encroaching on private lands

This morning (June 16th) sometime before 9am Shell workers again attempted to enter private lands in Rossport , Co. Mayo, as part of their preparation work for the Corrib upstream pipeline development (this was also attempted yesterday afternoon, details to follow later). Permission from the Corduff and McGrath families, on whose lands the Shell were attempting to work , was not given. in the face of physical intimidation. The Gardai were called to the scene, and were forced to transport Mary Corduff to seek medical attention due to the stress of the situation. The Corduffs have in the last few moments returned from the doctor in Belmullet (20 odd miles away) and the situation has yet to be resolved on the ground today.

Another encroachment attempt by Shell
Another encroachment attempt by Shell

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The guilty parties
The guilty parties

Willie Corduff comfoting his distressed wife Mary, who received medical attention for the stress today and yesterday
Willie Corduff comfoting his distressed wife Mary, who received medical attention for the stress today and yesterday

The Gardai on the scene, transporting Mary Corduff to the doctor in Belmullet, some 20 miles away
The Gardai on the scene, transporting Mary Corduff to the doctor in Belmullet, some 20 miles away

The Corduffs breakfast, abandoned to protect their property and community
The Corduffs breakfast, abandoned to protect their property and community

author by shellsuitpublication date Thu Jun 16, 2005 15:30Report this post to the editors

any one up for a protest at the shell offices or statoil in Dublin. Surely we could get something together?

Statoil (Ireland) Ltd
Statoil House
6 George's Dock
IFSC
Dublin 1


Shell E&P Ireland Limited
Corrib House
52, Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2


Come on folks we need some solidarity in as many places around the country as possible. as possible

- its obvious shell aren't in the mood for hanging around

I see there's also an SWP meeting in Dublin on Monday June 20th

Shell Shocked: How Shell robs Corrib Gas and destroys environment

Monday June 20th 8.00pm
Wynns Hotel, Abbey St

Speakers:
Denny Larson (Co-Author The Other Shell Report)
Padhraig Campbell (SIPTU Offshore Committee)
Sister Majella McCarron (Campaigner against Shell in Nigeria)
Maura Harrington (Corrib Gas Action Group)

Related Link: http://shelltosea.com
author by JohnMpublication date Thu Jun 16, 2005 16:07author address Rossport SouthReport this post to the editors

More photos from today's encroachment by Shell. They were peacefully refused entry to private lands repeatedly along the proposed high pressure pipeline route. Local Gardai observed the actions, and proceeded to question local residents and observers, at the request of Shell engineer Paul Gallagher. He (Gallagher) refused to identify Shell's ground operatives, while landowners and residents politely aceeded to Garda queries.

Shell back for more intimidation with Gardai in tow
Shell back for more intimidation with Gardai in tow

No work today
No work today

Local ladies guarding the community
Local ladies guarding the community

Gardai hop to Shell's orders
Gardai hop to Shell's orders

Senior Garda refusing landowner's request to identify Shell workers
Senior Garda refusing landowner's request to identify Shell workers

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com
author by JohnMpublication date Thu Jun 16, 2005 16:15Report this post to the editors

The end of todays debacle

Shell retreating with Gardai
Shell retreating with Gardai

Entering land
Entering land

No entry
No entry

Gardai in tow
Gardai in tow

All going home
All going home

author by Stevopublication date Thu Jun 16, 2005 20:33author email Stevolende at lycos dot comReport this post to the editors

I hope Mary is ok. I don't think I met her but Willie is a great guy. If anything I think he was being over polite to his neighbours in the speech he gave during the gathering.
Surely there are only negative results possible from Shell being allowed to carry on with this?
Good luck everybody in Erris. It really is a beautiful place up there and SHELL cannot be allowed to desecrate it .
At some point somebody has to draw a line and say no further, otherwise they'll just keep pushing to see how cynical its possible to be.
Stevo

author by JohnMpublication date Sun Jun 19, 2005 23:34Report this post to the editors

These snippets show the attidude of shell/statoil /roadbridge workers in Rossport village.

Shell worker greeting landowners on their own property
Shell worker greeting landowners on their own property

Activities in the non-smoking Shell compound in Rossport
Activities in the non-smoking Shell compound in Rossport

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com/
author by Bernadettepublication date Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:57Report this post to the editors

keep up the good work Willie and Co such a shame more people cannot see what they stand to loose. The Irish Government have a lot to answer for. My question to the press office yesterday "Who runs the country" their answer the people and then the government. If this was the case would this be happening.

author by le ratpublication date Thu Jun 23, 2005 13:57Report this post to the editors

keep the reports coming

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