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Thursday January 01 1970

Clare Shell to Sea Public Meeting

category clare | rights, freedoms and repression | event notice author Monday September 12, 2005 00:12author by Niall Harnett - Clare Shell to Sea / Rossport Solidarity Camp / Gluaiseachtauthor email clare at shelltosea dot comauthor phone 086 8444966 Report this post to the editors

8pm, Thursday 22nd Sept, Upstairs, Brandons Pub, O’Connell St, Ennis, Co Clare.

Speakers include:
Bríd Ní Sheighin: daughter of prisoner no 35992, Michéal Ó Seighin.
Sr Majella McCarron: Ogoni Solidarity Ireland, friend to Ken Saro-Wiwa who, in 1995, was framed for murder and hung with 8 others by the Shell/Nigerian Military Dictatorship.
Niall Harnett: Clare Shell to Sea / Rossport Solidarity Camp / Gluaiseacht

- Giving the Rossport Bogoni and Nigerian Ogoni a voice in Co Clare.
- Promoting and supporting the Dublin Shell to Sea Rally on Oct 1st, plan for organising buses from Clare to Dublin for rally. It's gonna be a biggie.
- Updating and informing people about the national campaign, State corruption and the danger of the Corrib gas project.
- Highlighting the fact that 5 innocent men will have been in prison for over 80 days at that stage and the campaign continues to work to vindicate them and to put Shell to Sea.
- Seeking fresh support from the people of Clare.
- Working on ideas for improving the campaign and organise together for the future.

The people of Rossport, Erris, Co Mayo are calling for support from the people of Clare and all Ireland in their fight against Shell and the Irish Government who are attempting to force an extremely dangerous onshore pipeline through their lands and against their wishes, along the beautiful coast of remote North West Mayo. Oil and gas giant Shell International, the main player, are poised to transform this remote conservation area of outstanding natural beauty into an environmental disaster zone with serious public health and safety implications.

The massive Corrib gas field was once a huge asset to this country in terms of natural resources. But not any more it's not. What was once 100% ours is now the sole property of 3 oil companies: Shell (45%), Statoil (36.5%) and Marathon (18.5%). Because of an extraordinary deal done by Ray Burke, convicted and sent to prison for corruption, as Minister for Energy in the 1980s, which gave away the rights to this gas to private multinationals, Shell can exploit our natural resource without paying a cent in royalties to the State.

To add insult to injury, a dangerous and unprecedented high pressure pipeline is proposed along 9km of the Erris coast through the fields of local farmers who, because of health and safety concerns, are defending their lands at this moment and refusing entry to Shell workers into their fields. Shell with the cooperation of the Irish Government, the Courts and the Judicial System are attempting to bully the local people off their land, ignoring their rights and wishes, and having little regard for safety regulations, planning law and environmental concerns.

Local people are saying NO and are fighting for their lives. Five men: Philip Mc Grath, Willie Corduff, Michéal Ó Seighin, Vincent McGrath and Brendan Philbin have been imprisoned by the high court at the behest of a foreign private company, Shell, and our Government is doing nothing to vindicate them. In response the Shell to Sea campaign is working to, and will realise the 5 demands of the Rossport 5 and the people of Erris, which are:

- Vindicate the imprisoned Rossport 5 and expunge their criminalisation by Shell.
- Cease all Corrib Gas Project operations in Erris, both onshore and offshore, pending the full hearing of issues.
- Clean the gas and hydrocarbons at sea, in a shallow steel water jacket platform,
as recommended by Mr. Kevin Moran senior inspector with An Bord Planala.
- Stop all illegal development in Rossport.
- Renegotiate the overall deal on favour of the Irish people.

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author by Johnpublication date Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

When this resource allegedly belonged to the Irish people, they weren't even aware the resource existed. Multi-national oil companies, whom you so despise, took the financial risk involved in exploration in Irish waters. Over two decades they drilled scores of exploration wells at a cost of billions and found nothing. Not a squeak out of you then about perhaps the Irish people bearing the cost of these exploration wells. Then, when at long last one of the exploration wells results in the discovery of, not a massive gas field, but by international standards a small gas field, you want to change the rules and have the Government take over the gas field discovered, telling the company who discovered it at great expense to get lost. Even leftists should be able to see that, if this were done, Ireland can say goodbye to any more gas discoveries since no oil/gas exploration company would ever again believe a word any Irish government said. You omit to mention that, prior to the granting of more generous exploration terms by Ray Burke, there had not been a single drop of oil or cubic foot of gas discovered in Irish waters for two decades. By the time the exploration terms were relaxed in the late 1980s, oli/gas companies were losing all interest in exploring Irish waters, so poor was the track record for making commercial discoveries. That's socialist Justin Keating's legacy, which obviously you want to return to. Your campaign is going nowhere, as I keep pointing out in the hope that you'll spare yourself further punishment and humiliation. The latest opinion poll, published in today's Irish Examiner, shows support for Fianna Fail and the PDs increasing, support for Sinn Fein stagnant, and support for all these populist left-wing parties and independents going nowhere. Its a lost cause, pack it in now.

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