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Six arrests in Ballinaboy As 30 Enter Shell Site

category mayo | anti-capitalism | feature author Saturday April 14, 2007 20:38author by Dublin Shell to Sea - Dublin Shell to Sea Report this post to the editors

30 enter Shell site

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Dramatic Scenes At Fridays Blockade

Six people were arrested this afternoon on the site of Shell’s controversial refinery in Ballinaboy, Co Mayo. The six were part of a group of more then thirty who entered the site at 11am this morning as part of a ‘people's site inspection’. A five hour game of ‘cat and mouse’ ensued as Gardai and Shell’s private security personnel attempted to remove the protesters from the site. The six arrested were taken to Belmullet Garda station before being released.

Today’s site incursion was the latest in a series of similar actions and follows closely on yesterday’s site incursion by a group of female activists from both the local area and Cork Shell to Sea. Those involved in today’s action were from both the local area and the Dublin Shell to Sea group.

Related Links: Women's trespass at Bellanaboy on Friday 13th | Work halted at Bellanaboy as protesters gain entry to Shell's site, six arrested. | Corrib Gas pipeline route selection begins. | We can stop them | Shell to Sea activists blockade lorries at Bellanaboy | 04.04.07 Sees Yet More Aggression by Shell Cops |


Shell’s site has become the scene of regular protest and garda heavy handed tactics since Autumn of last year when Shell recommenced work on site. The recent upsurge in protests has coincided with the start of ‘peat haulage’ from the site by Shell. This process, which involves the removal of more then 350,000 cubic metres of peat from the bog where Shell intend to build the refinery, is expected to take more then five months.

Speaking from Ballinaboy this afternoon Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson Caoimhe Kerins said ‘Today’s action is part of a broader campaign to highlight both the criminal giveaway of Ireland’s gas reserves and the bully boy tactics being used by Shell and the state to impose this unwanted pipeline and refinery on the community of Rossport and the surrounding area. The issues involved are of National importance and impact on every person in Ireland. That is why we are here today. Hopefully this marks the start of a long, hot summer for Shell. The next major protest will be outside of Shell Headquarters in Dublin on Friday April 27th. I’d encourage everyone to come along and join in the campaign to protect our natural resources and send Shell to Sea’.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Pigeons coming home to roost     Hands off the Gas    Sat Apr 14, 2007 17:26 
   That's not how you spell Bellanaboy     Tadhg    Sat Apr 14, 2007 21:10 
   Musical numbers     up too late    Sun Apr 15, 2007 01:42 
   That's not how you spell it either     Shell chun Sáile abú    Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:50 
   Work goes on     Jock    Sun Apr 15, 2007 13:39 
   Garda Abuse of Prisoner's rights at Belmullet Garda Station.     Niall Harnett    Sun Apr 15, 2007 16:59 
   practicalities     jay    Sun Apr 15, 2007 20:15 
   It's a mystery     Saddened and alarmed    Sun Apr 15, 2007 21:51 
   reply     jay    Sun Apr 15, 2007 22:58 
 10   stay home. Don't protest. Watch the telly and curse Ray Burke...     Leno    Sun Apr 15, 2007 23:13 
 11   reply     jay    Sun Apr 15, 2007 23:49 
 12   Lying Oatriot     Caobhin    Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:37 
 13   1 arrested this morning     observer 2day    Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:46 
 14   Arrested.     Niall Harnett    Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:24 
 15   Compensate Shell for destroying the environment?     SA    Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:39 
 16   good pics     aj    Mon Apr 16, 2007 17:30 
 17   Link not working     Curious    Mon Apr 16, 2007 21:21 
 18   Is it...     Deter Sins    Tue Apr 17, 2007 03:40 
 19   Tax them to [ay for off shoore construction     23    Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:54 


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