New Events


no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link They say that great myths die hard ? Mon Mar 01, 2021 00:22 | amarynth
By The Ister for the Saker Blog They say that great myths die hard, but as it fades into obscurity will anyone really miss the Saudi state? Because the Kingdom?s

offsite link Do these countries really want to be respected? Sun Feb 28, 2021 21:09 | The Saker
Did they expect us to treat them with any respect? Roger Waters (The Final Cut) Long ago, I learned the hard way that what I call “professional ideologues” count every

offsite link Putin, crusaders and barbarians Sat Feb 27, 2021 17:17 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar and first posted at Asia Times Moscow is painfully aware that the US/NATO ?strategy? of containment of Russia is already reaching fever pitch. Again. This past Wednesday,

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/02/27 ? Open Thread Sat Feb 27, 2021 04:00 | Herb Swanson
2021/02/27 04:00:07Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Biden Diversity Strikes Syria (Paul Joseph Watson) Fri Feb 26, 2021 23:35 | The Saker

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Mainstream media: Failing to speak truth to power

offsite link David Quinn’s selective tolerance Anthony

offsite link A Woulfe in judges clothing Anthony

offsite link Sarah McInerney and political impartiality Anthony

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein? Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Galway Shell to Sea : Iggy Madden trucks for Shell, he has no truck with conscience

category galway | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Monday March 26, 2007 22:38author by TD - Shell to Sea Report this post to the editors

Madden pumps for Shell, Rossport can go to hell !

Iggy Madden of Iggy Madden Haulage Ltd, Galway, crony, “close friend and confidante,” whatever, of shady Frank Fahey, was the target of Galway Shell to Sea’s concern this afternoon on account of the imminent removal by his firm of some 660,000 metric tonnes of blanket bog from Shell’s proposed gas refinery in Bellanaboy and dumped in a Bord Na Mona cutaway bog in Bangor Erris despite serious ecological concerns for such a venture.

As karma or serendipity would have it, the great man himself was to hand when 13 Shell to Sea activists, prior to a picketing of his depot, were handing in a letter of protest to his docklands offices. Instead of hearing our plaints with a fair ear we were verbally abused, instead, and subjected to diplomacy of the bar room, redneck, kind ; “I’ll shove yer camera up yer arse” "Do ya have a job" etc, etc. So it goes.
Diplomat Iggy : Blue in tongue and jumper
Diplomat Iggy : Blue in tongue and jumper

Below is the text of the letter handed in :

Iggy Madden Haulage Ltd 26th March 2007

Dear Sirs.

We are writing to express our concern over your acquisition of the peat removal contract for the proposed gas refinery site in Bellinaboy, Co. Mayo. As you are aware, there is no local consent for the construction of such a refinery and huge controversy still surrounds its construction, which among other things, poses a grave danger to the ecological system of the area and the water quality of the Carrowmore lake (the major supply of drinking water for the area). The risk of land destabilisation in an area where there have been hugely destructive landslides must also be mentioned.

The local community of the Erris Peninsula have been subjected to daily intimidation and repression at the hands of the large corporations who have hired you for this particular section of the development.

As the support group concerned, we are asking you to cease your work until there is at least a proper consultation process instigated and the very serious health and safety concerns of the local community in North West Mayo are taken into account. More information on the local communities proposals are available at the below website.

Galway Shell to Sea would point out that any involvement in this project on your company’s part would be shameful and bound to have a dire effect on your heretofore good reputation.

We look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely
Galway Shell to Sea

Related Link:


"Ar ya workin, do yah have a job"
"Ar ya workin, do yah have a job"



author by TD - S2Spublication date Mon Mar 26, 2007 22:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

4 !





author by Hard at work.publication date Tue Mar 27, 2007 00:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Of course we are working, you tool. Our job is to do the work that our government should be doing, ie, the responsible management of our natural resources and the firing of bad 'employees'. That'd be Shell and the likes of you Iggy Madden.

author by JMpublication date Tue Mar 27, 2007 00:06author address Rossportauthor phone Report this post to the editors

Another good protest by Galway S2S, and no harm in drawing attention to the cronies Shell have collected along the way. Peat haulage is an experiment gone wrong, just like Axonics, just like the pipeline, just like the proposed refinery, the whole damn project and the laws that got changed to accomodate it.

Keep up the good work, see you at Bellanaboy...

Related Link:
author by night owlpublication date Tue Mar 27, 2007 03:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It might be an idea to contaxt this company and let them know you disapprove of their activities in helping Shell at Bellanaboy:


Head Office
Unit 51
Baldoyle Industrial Est
Dublin 13
Phone: +353-1-8321655
Fax: +353-1-8321682

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.00-5.30


Inside the Refinery
Inside the Refinery

author by weetabixpublication date Tue Mar 27, 2007 14:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done Galway S2S!
Iggy Madden and his ilk employ the Nuremberg Defence.
Corporations like Shell and Statoil only succeed in trampling on human rights because
so many 'little guys' do their dirty work..

author by Patpublication date Tue Mar 27, 2007 19:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors


You bunch of idiots......

I hope none of u drove to the protest today as most likely companies like shell have produced the fuel and I hope you are not connected to the national grid.....are you doing your part??

This man is trying to run as business...

'Save us from Shell'...what is that supposed to mean??

Do you really think you are going to be killed by Shell......such scare mongering is rediculous

a bit of sense please...

You should be ashamed of yourselves for victimising this person and tramping on his civil rights (just as you are preaching) the naming of individuals and posting of pictures on this website is disgraceful. Has this man done anything wrong? You a demonising a person trying to make a living and if it wasnt him it would be someone else.

author by mpublication date Tue Mar 27, 2007 20:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Running a business is not a badge of honor to be hidden behind,
There is such a thing as personal responsibility and social conscience.

People running business have created a huge sphere of injustice socially, structurally and environmentally.

I would advise you (pat) to do a bit of homework on shells activities before you make such flippant and inaccurate remarks about those whom are protesting in order to secure the safety and environment of an entire community.

author by wise uppublication date Tue Mar 27, 2007 20:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

" if it wasnt him it would be someone else"

I heard a teenager used that defence in court when he was up for robbing purses from pensioners who had just collected their money from the local post office. If it wasn't him that robbed them, he reasoned, someone else from his flat complex would, so it might as well be him.

I suppose heroin pushers and arms dealers and so on could make the same claim- if we don't do it then someone else will.

author by cool jpublication date Wed Mar 28, 2007 04:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Madden is just another huxter out to make a quick buck by joining the greed merchants who cosy up to Shell in Erris.

PS - Save your tears for a more deserving cause ie - The locals who will left with the mess when Iggy leaves Erris behind with his pieces of Silver!!

author by Maura Harrington - S2S; Davitt Leaguepublication date Wed Mar 28, 2007 17:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thanks Galway S2S for WORK well done!! You have shown the mindset which is the underlying cause of what we're being subjected to here in nth Mayo.

'Blue in jumper and tongue' is apt - as long as those who only live 'by the shillin' keep getting away with it their arrogance and ignorance grows apace.

Enough is enough! Erris was always perceived as the 'end of the line' - it now becomes the end of the line for Madden and his ilk.

Thanks again to all at Galway S2S

author by - From:ireland.compublication date Wed Mar 28, 2007 20:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Wednesday, 28th March, 2007

Independent Mayo TD Dr Jerry Cowley has raised concerns his telephone may be under Garda surveillance.

Dr Cowley, who has been associated with the Shell-to-Sea group raised his concerns in an interview published yesterday in the Connaught Telegraphnewspaper.

The Mayo TD said he suspected his telephone has been under Garda surveillance for a number of months along with figures within the Shell-to-Sea group.

Mr Cowley said he had formally raised the matter with Minister for Justice Michael McDowell but had been told that "it would be contrary to the public interest to comment on the existence or otherwise of covert Garda operational measures and associated details."

author by j - normal personpublication date Thu Mar 29, 2007 02:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

right.....................when I look at these pictures above why are all the protesters wearing dodgy clothes and have long hair and odd hair and free the weed types, iggy madden, dodgy as he is gets up at the crack of dawn every morning and puts in a good days work so he has the money to buy trucks and other did all these "protesters" get the time off work to protest, or maybe it was a tuesday and they were picking up the dole, yawn , all actors, and poets or at art college, human rights moan, minorities moan what a load of bull, get on with it, cut yer hair wear clean clothes and get a frickin job. what do these crusties put into their oil tanks, or cars...........or even better , what fills the lighters that lights their spliffs,i really dont like crusties and if they cant see the benifits to natural gas .....ptha. Poor farmers , getting a pipeline through their land UNDERGROUND and the biggest gripe is actually if you look hard enough that they're not getting enough for the use of their land..............grrrrrrrrr

author by normal personpublication date Thu Mar 29, 2007 03:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You have no problem with the govt giving away the oil and gas off the west coast and building a refinery that's going to spew out pollution and fuck up the environment and kill the tourist industry? You think it'd all be better if these people cut their hair?

Your prejudice is blinding you.

Do you really think people would spend three months in jail (in high security) cos they weren't getting enough compo?

I guess you'll be voting FF in May then.You're obviously not that bright and full of hate, which is making you believe stupid things. Maybe you'll see the real picture one day.

author by Maura Harrington - S2S; Davitt Leaguepublication date Fri Mar 30, 2007 13:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

If 'normal person's' rant is his/her perception of normality/rationality/reason, then he/she is in urgent need of counselling, anger management programmes, something/anything to help him/her readjust their mindset.

It is interesting by the way to note the deteriorating strains of troll responses to current activities.

Who's losing the plot - S2S or the 'shits in suits'??

author by jay- silent majoritypublication date Fri Mar 30, 2007 14:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

so let me get this right, galway s2s is going to increase and consolidate it's support among the people of galway by protesting against a local businessman, his employees and customers. ye really know how to shoot yerselves in the foot....PROTEST AGAINST THE FACELESS CORPORATION, NOT THE LOCAL TRUCKER.....MORONS!
Once again we see how holier-than-thou protesters go against the ordinary people of Ireland, like Iggy Madden and the thousands of other people working directly or indirectly for the Shell project. Let me ask ye this, seeing as ye see no problem in intimidating a local trucker, would it be acceptable to ye to protest outside the houses of securitymen and steelfixers and builders working at the Shell site. The absolute hypocracy and stupidity of you fools is amazing.
And I won't be one bit suprised if this is deleted by the mods....lest any debate or dissent occur on this website, heaven forbid.

author by C.publication date Fri Mar 30, 2007 18:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I understand why the preivious poster is angry.
But we dont have long to wait, for the people of erris and mayo to give their judjement on S2S.
The oral hearing is fast approaching, and the bull**** that has been spouted by S2S will be seen to be just that.
You speak of shooting oneself in the foot, S2S demanding a oral hearing, must have been their biggest blunder to date.
When they are asked to produce evedince to support their scare stories, they are going to look pretty stupid!
I predict their main argument will be "" we dont trust Shell"".
well we dont trust S2S, everything they say is treated with caution by most of the public.
the general election results will finish their ranting of having the support of the people of erris.

author by BadSamaritanpublication date Sat Apr 07, 2007 07:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Not that my comment will persuade you guys or anything, but I think there are a number of problems with the way you guys are organising this campaign against Shell that doesn't make you look good to the majority of Irish people.

Firstly, as another poster mentioned, all most all the protesters in the photographs have a different style of dress and of hair than would be considered the "social norm" to most people, which would lead many people to associate the image with that of "professional protesters". I personally wouldn't judge someone based on looks, however image is everything if you wish to make a serious effort to encourage a large number of people against Shell.

Many people I know have stopped supporting the campaign because of this image of "professional" or "hippy" or "flower child" protesters which allows the media to make a field day out of things, claiming that the campaign has no support from the local community.

Secondly, the tactics of visibly protesting a local business person would be seen as completely unacceptable by most people, especially when waving signs stating various prepared slogans. The attitude by most people, especially traditional types of person who are mildly conservative in opinion, think that "if you have time to protest, you must have no job and are a no-body".

Otherwise, I think that you are doing a very good job but things need to be adjusted to stop the constant rubbishing of the protests. I have followed the protests from the first time I learned of residents objections, but have only managed to make my way to the actual area in Rossport/Bellenaboy twice.

Thanks for your time in reading this.

author by Protestorpublication date Sun Apr 08, 2007 14:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Comeon give us a break - If all the protestors were waering three piece suits you would have the same argument.

No matter the style of dress or the style of hair - the media would still find a reason to criticise the protest.

This goes back to the old establishment norm - 'I defend your right to protest as long as you don't upset anyone'.

What is the point of protesting if you don't cause upset or annoyance to certain individuals or groups?

In reality ordinary people worry far less about such things than you think.

author by anti shell campaignerpublication date Mon Apr 09, 2007 00:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Secondary picketing has a long and proud history. Iggy Madden is profiting from helping the "faceless corporation" and causing damage to the campaign against Shell, so he deserves to be protested against. His actions have consequences, and he should take those into account when decidding to help out Shell and the Govt.

In Galway, Madden has become the face of the scheme to destroy Erris's tourist industry by installing the refinery.

Everything else Bad Samaritan says is true. Dressing like a hippy or a pretend revolutionary gets you nowhere. If we have a radical message, we're better giving it a conservative presentation. Look at the way the most successful radical political party in the state functions. Dressing like businessmen and preaching marxism, and going from strength to strength.

Related Link:
author by the eskimo - s2spublication date Mon Apr 09, 2007 02:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

at long last a poster who will call it as it is
s2s are real
the gov.t are leakin
the garv. is the man
the j. mon is the man
the j.cowle bro. is the man...respect
young people of ireland i lov u

ring keep th fath u r th mnnn !

resours 4 irl we r th che gev rev 's

author by FoxBravo955 - Tinfish section of $2Cpublication date Thu May 17, 2007 20:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well-done guys and girls, real action after the EPA orchestrated talking-shop at Balmullet. The sort of action that stings those who would sell us all "down the river". Will normal-person still be routing for Shell, Bertie, Enda, "the drain rat " and other pillars of society with the big question mark over them [how big was the envelope?]. iI he is near, either the Sealine through the Rossport inlet or the Ballinaboy-Galway pipe when it blows! That is nearer than five miles cross wind or ten miles down wind. Because when they blow not just the environment but also everything will go - like Grosnia after the war! What the likes of Iggy Madden and his ilke are contributing to is, something that can wipe the whole Erris area off the face of the map. Wake up folks Shell has the the bomb primed, the clock's ticking !!!. We need even more "Action this day"!

Number of comments per page
© 2001-2021 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy