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category mayo | environment | news report author Monday August 08, 2005 16:27author by Niall Harnett - Rossport Solidarity Camp / Shell to Sea / Gluaiseachtauthor email info at shelltosea dot com Report this post to the editors

Supporting the Shell to Sea campaign and the community of Rossport.

The Rossport Solidarity Camp was set up to help the community of Rossport in their fight against Shell and the Irish Government. The camp functions as part of the Shell to Sea Campaign and is situated on the land of prisoner Philip McGrath at the invitation of his wife Maureen.

Rossport Solidarity Week of Action, Mon 22 - Sun 28 Aug, ending in...

... Grassroots Gathering, Rossport Sat 27 - Sun 28 Aug.
Theme: Local Community Struggles/Campaigns

Free camping and food available.

Protecting the land.
Protecting the land.

We're here to protect the land from Shell, to picket the compound in Rossport and to offer practical help to the families of the Rossport 5.

The campsite is positioned on Philip McGrath's land and directly on the proposed pipeline route, effectively blocking any work Shell would like to do there. The Shell compound in Rossport, where they store machinery and equipment to do this work is picketed from 7am -7pm to ensure no work is carried out there. We communicate with the picket at the Bellanaboy Refinery Site in case we're needed up there or vice-versa. We help the families with practical work like bringing in turf, gardening etc.

We also have a camp at Glengad beach across the estuary from Rossport where the pipeline wants to hit landfall from sea. We keep an eye on the compound over there, to alert others if any work is going on and to help with pickets there too. Glengad beach is beautiful and quiet in an unspoilt and remote special area of conservation. There is a camp kitchen there too with food and burners in a big Icelandic tent. Compost toilet built there too. Locals supporting with access, food and water.

People have been coming from all over the country to visit and to stay, to find out more about what's going on and to offer help with camp maintenance, pickets and campaign support.
Food and turf donations are flooding in, we cook and eat together and every night after dinner we discuss plans for the next day and the future. We meet regularly with the families of the Rossport 5 to discuss issues arising etc.

We have a big marquee for cooking and sleeping, other storage and meeting tents, water on site, compost toilet, compost heap and we recycle our waste. Showers and laundry are being offered by locals. Camp being improved constantly.

The initiative for setting up the camp came after a gathering in Rossport over the June bank holiday weekend when about 200 people came to a similar camp built in Ray Corduff's field, for a weekend of information workshops, tours of the area and the pipeline route, talks with the landowners (who have since become The Rossport 5), and a long talk by retired schoolteacher Micheál Ó'Seighin, now prisoner, about the local history and the impact of the Corrib Gas Project on the area. Sr Majella McCarron, friend to Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ogoni, Nigeria spoke about Shell's record of murder and environmental destruction in Nigeria.

We forged very quick friendships with Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff, Brendan Philbin, Vincent Mc Grath and Micheál O'Seighin that weekend and we offered to help them in their fight.

The weekend concluded with a meeting between the landowners, the local campaigners and others who had come from around the country who committed that day to helping with the campaign. We discussed ways to broaden the campaign nationally, some offered to get busy working in their own areas, towns and cities and some offered to come back to Rossport to help on the ground there.

The night before the men went to prison, Philip McGrath put out a call inviting those who had offered to return to Rossport to do just that. The camp was set up in response to Philip's call.

From Monday 22nd - Sunday 28th August we plan to host a Solidarity Week of Action at the camp and the local community centre and all are invited to come for...
... Volunteering Work, Protests, Blockades, Boycotts, Films, Talks, Sustainable Living Workshops and Demonstrations, Irish language Classes, Local History, Heritage Walks, Social night, Competition for best campaign ballad/poem... more info to follow, keep an eye on 'events' and 'newswire'.
Solidarity week of action ends with Grassroots Gathering in Rossport that weekend, the theme of which is 'LOCAL COMMUNITY STRUGGLES/CAMPAIGNS'.

Come to Rossport then or any time, all welcome, volunteers needed.
Camp contacts: Tracey 087 6543425, Bob 0863201612 or Michael 086 3588890.

The Rossport Solidarity Camp is a working camp and we have strict guidelines for anyone who wants to stay.

CAMP GUIDELINES

This is a serious political action that involves hard work and discipline.
Please come prepared to work as there is lots of different valued work to do for people of all ages/abilities/skills.

No Alcohol/No Drugs.

Police are not allowed into the camp without a warrant.

We are committed to Non-Violent Direct Action.

The camp functions on the basis of non-hierarchical consensus based decision making.

Accountability – there are no individualist actions – every action is checked through a collective process of decision-making at daily meetings.

Sexual arassment will not be tolerated.

Waste is recycled and composted

No swimming in the estuary, too dangerous. Swim at Glengad.

No media allowed on the campsite and nobody at the camp speaks on behalf of the camp.

DEALING WITH THE PRESS:
PRESS STATEMENT FROM ROSSPORT SOLIDARITY CAMP.

The Rossport Solidarity Camp functions as part of the Shell to Sea campaign and to support the community of Rossport and the 6 families, including the families of the Rossport 5 in their fight against Shell and the Irish Government.

We are here at the invitation of Philip Mc Grath, Willie Corduff, Micheál O Seighin, Vincent Mc Grath and Brendan Philbin. We intend to stay.

The onshore refinery will not be built at Bellanaboy, the proposed pipeline will not go ahead, the Rossport 5 will be vindicated and the overall deal will be renegotiated in favour of the Irish people.

We wish media attention not to focus on the camp but on the issue itself, and so we as a group have decided that there will be no media access to the camp as this story is not about us, but about the attempted bullying and intimidation of a small community by a foreign private company, facilitated by the Irish Government.

If you would like more information about the Shell to Sea campaign or the Rossport 5 or the camp please speak to Bríd Ní Sheighin, Rossport, daughter of prisoner Micheál Ó Seighin at 097 88806 and see www.shelltosea.com.

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com

Camp gets the thumbs up from Duncan.
Camp gets the thumbs up from Duncan.

Bitchin Kitchen.
Bitchin Kitchen.

Poll a' Thomais behind the marquee.
Poll a' Thomais behind the marquee.

Camp gate.
Camp gate.

author by Niallpublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 16:43Report this post to the editors

More from the camp.

Tipi.
Tipi.

View from the road.
View from the road.

Room with a view.. the compost toilet
Room with a view.. the compost toilet

The compost heap.
The compost heap.

Wash your face & brush your teeth in the fresh air.
Wash your face & brush your teeth in the fresh air.

author by Niallpublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 16:55Report this post to the editors

From the camp at Glengad beach and the compound close by, where the proposed pipeline wants to hit land from sea.

Glengad guard keeping an eye on Broadhaven Bay, with his back to...
Glengad guard keeping an eye on Broadhaven Bay, with his back to...

... the cliff face where pipe wants to hit. Madelon guarding the top.
... the cliff face where pipe wants to hit. Madelon guarding the top.

View into compound from cliff top...
View into compound from cliff top...

... tells it's own story
... tells it's own story

Madelon at Glengad.
Madelon at Glengad.

author by Niallpublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 17:10Report this post to the editors

Some campers and visitors from around the country.

Clare with Mayo.
Clare with Mayo.

Dublin Shell to Sea talk with Bríd Ní Sheighin and ICSA
Dublin Shell to Sea talk with Bríd Ní Sheighin and ICSA

PJ and Mary Moran from Bellanaboy picket call in for a chat.
PJ and Mary Moran from Bellanaboy picket call in for a chat.

Keith from Donegal shows Philip from Irish Cattle & Sheepfarmers Association around campsite.
Keith from Donegal shows Philip from Irish Cattle & Sheepfarmers Association around campsite.

Family all the way from Co. Wicklow.
Family all the way from Co. Wicklow.

author by Niallpublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 17:25Report this post to the editors

From the camp and the picket at Rossport.

Campfire
Campfire

Aisling getting the dinner ready
Aisling getting the dinner ready

Picket at compound, nothing in & nothing out.
Picket at compound, nothing in & nothing out.

Eugene F. Gibney, solicitor, nails his colours to a sign at compound showing no shame in injuncting fellow citizens in the name of Shell.
Eugene F. Gibney, solicitor, nails his colours to a sign at compound showing no shame in injuncting fellow citizens in the name of Shell.

Statement from The Rossport Solidarity Camp nailed closeby.
Statement from The Rossport Solidarity Camp nailed closeby.

author by Niallpublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 17:40Report this post to the editors

Music and craic at Dinny's pub, Rossport.

Máirtín and Seán Harrington, Maura's brothers, playing back to back.
Máirtín and Seán Harrington, Maura's brothers, playing back to back.

Seán Harrington & Ray Corduff (Ray from Ray's field)
Seán Harrington & Ray Corduff (Ray from Ray's field)

Máirtín.
Máirtín.

With fiddler John Hoban who sang 'Never, go deo, will you win with your corporate way.
With fiddler John Hoban who sang 'Never, go deo, will you win with your corporate way.

We're calling out around the world and we're dancing in the streets!
We're calling out around the world and we're dancing in the streets!

author by Niall Harnettpublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 17:52Report this post to the editors

Make no mistake, we'll fight you on the beaches and on the land. The Erris Fisherman's Association will fight you at sea.

How dare you challenge the wishes, concerns and interests of the Irish people.

How dare you not vindicate the Rossport 5 and protect their families.

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author by dunkpublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 18:01Report this post to the editors

would have loved to be out there dancing to the ceoil
sure therell be much fun and music and messing on the last weekend of the month, hopefully some of the glasgow crew might even come over?

author by guydebordisdeadpublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 18:05Report this post to the editors

lots of shell related tenders over on

http://www.e-tenders.gov.ie/

perhaps it's time for secondary picketing.

Related Link: http://www.e-tenders.gov.ie/
author by Cormac - Shell to Seapublication date Mon Aug 08, 2005 18:33Report this post to the editors

Hell that looks like a damn fine compost toilet if I do say so myself.
Looking forward to making a bank deposit there.....
Solidarity to all in Rossport,we are doing our best over here in the big smoke too!

author by Niallpublication date Wed Aug 10, 2005 00:52Report this post to the editors

Apologies for crossposting

Camp at Glengad Beach.
Camp at Glengad Beach.

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author by Duinepublication date Wed Aug 10, 2005 16:37Report this post to the editors

Mo ghraidhn an campa seo.
Go hiontach ar fad.
Sea, agus is maith liom an leithreas múirín leis!
Go n-éirí leis an bhfeachtas!

author by anna kavanaghpublication date Wed Aug 10, 2005 20:46author email annamkav at eircom dot netauthor address longfordauthor phone 086360133Report this post to the editors

At last the plain people of Ireland are beginning to fight back.

author by Emer Heckpublication date Thu Aug 11, 2005 20:28author email emerheck at yahoo dot ieauthor address Malahide Co.Dublinauthor phone 0877411371Report this post to the editors

Just to say how shocked I am that in this country where so many faught to free the place of foreign invaders 5irishmen are in prison for defending their land against greedy modern invaders, Shell!

Keep spirits up and try not to let the story fall out of the news. Who talks of the land slides in Mayo now???

Ever get the impression that Irish people don't count in their own land?

Regerds,

Emer

author by Terry - Rossport Solidairty Camppublication date Sat Aug 13, 2005 21:40Report this post to the editors

Details of Solidarity Week and Grassroots Gathering
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=71396

author by eric nolan - dublin taxi driverpublication date Mon Aug 15, 2005 00:33author email ericnolanz at hotmail dot comauthor address 60 pinebook rise artane dublin 5author phone 0876330796Report this post to the editors

please contact me and let me know how i can help

author by Chrissypublication date Wed Jun 21, 2006 22:04Report this post to the editors

I'm spreading the word in UK, but itching to be back @ Glengad. Nothing I'm doing here seems as worthwhile as the Shell to Sea campaign & the fight for justice for the Rossport 5!
God bless -
beir bua!

author by The engineerpublication date Fri Nov 10, 2006 22:52Report this post to the editors

Keep up the good work.

author by Mikkelpublication date Wed Dec 20, 2006 18:06author email ellerstaktik at hotmail dot comReport this post to the editors

i have a few questions i hope someone will help me with.

For how long will the camp and the conflict continue?

I know that its hard to say, but there is a reason for me asking.

i was thinking about, travelling up to join the camp, from scandinavia, but i will not have the chance until in a months time, and i was afraid that it would be too late then.

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