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Shell’s Mayo Pipeline Goes Back To London

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Monday February 04, 2008 00:34author by Gluaiseacht Report this post to the editors

Gluaiseacht are calling on all those opposed to the gas giveaway to join us on a bus trip to London.

SHELL'S MAYO PIPELINE GOES BACK TO LONDON -- Campaigners to deliver 200-foot pipe to Shell's global HQ in protest over gas giveaway --
Hundreds of campaigners from across Ireland will deliver a 200-foot pipeline at the door of Shell Oil's global headquarters in London on St Patrick’s Day to protest the giveaway and mismanagement of Ireland's natural resources. Organised by campaigning group Gluaiseacht, several busloads of people will gather at Leinster House in Dublin at 3pm on Friday, 14th March, to protest at the Irish government's inability to protect Ireland's oil and gas reserves. From there they will set off for a weekend of actions in London. "At a time of looming shortages of resources, we do not wish to see control of them in the hands of corporations whose only motive is profit,” said Gluaiseacht spokesperson, Brother Anthony Keane of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. "The Irish people will not benefit from the Corrib Gas Project. We will have to buy back the gas from Shell at the ever-increasing international market value. As well as this, the project will destroy a pristine environment and thereafter the health and safety of the local community." Gluaiseacht spokesperson Treasa Ní Riain said: "What’s happening in Mayo could happen anywhere in the country now. Prior to this compulsory access to land was only granted to state bodies for public services, such as water and electricity. The law was changed to allow Shell, a private company, to access people's land without their consent. This precedent will mean that any private company can demand access to anyone’s land." “On a day when we as a nation should be proud to be Irish we are ashamed of our government and have been forced to take this issue onto the international stage.” According to an Irish Times poll on 22nd October 2007, 84% of people felt that the Corrib Gas project was not good for the local community. What is Gluaiseacht? Gluaiseacht is a non-hierarchical environmental and social justice movement bringing together grassroots organisations, concerned individuals and student groups from all over Ireland to take action on social, environmental and political issues.
The Bus costs €70 waged and €50 unwaged and will start from limerick and pick people up in Dublin. (If you want to come on the trip and money is a problem please contact us and we’ll work something out )

author by asuggestionpublication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 09:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi Folks,

If you're going to be in London Saturday March 15th.
You might want to mosey along to Anti-War march with some Rossport related banners.

The march lloks like being the usual SWP/StWC cattle drive but you may run into a sympatetic target audience to educate (leaflet etc.) about Shell and Rossport.

There is a strong Shell-Iraq connection. See website

March assembles Saturday March 15th.
12 noon, Trafalgar Square, London
more details on march

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author by FGSpublication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

What would be the relevance of educating a group of anti-war or anti-imperialism activists in a foreign country on an issue about health and safety and corruption in this one?

Imagine if you were on a march against US use of Shannon and some Welsh people came along with a banner about a gas pipeline in Wales. Wouldn't you just think they were lost?

author by Ignorant Paddypublication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Would you think they were lost?

author by FGSpublication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

St.Patrick's Day is celebrated all over the world. St.Patrick's Day Parades were originally an invention of the British Army, which used them as a recruiting tool.
(Before that, the Saint's day was marked by the dressing of holy wells. )

author by Epublication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Great to see Gluaiseacht back in Action!!

author by a suggestionpublication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 18:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

OK hang on to your hats lads we're going to do some lateral thinking.

If you don't just treat politics as a hobby - and the jury is still out on that one given your comments - but want to build international solidarity to feed into continued nonviolent direct action in Mayo and are on this bus to London this is "a suggestion".

In ternms of outreach possibilities for those coming to London...there's Ramparts for what is left of the libertarian anti-capitlaism scene, there's St. Patrick's day parade on the Sunday in terms of the huge Irish diaspora and on the Saturday there's a march on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq (see details above).

One of the major beneficiaries of the invasion, killing and privatisation of the Iraqi oil yes you guessed it "Shell" (see relevant website above!) if you've got the energy you might want to make a banner "Shell Outta Mayo & Iraq" and spread the word of the casmpaign in Mayo. It's an option etc etc

If you've got FSG attitude you're probably not on this bus to london.

author by suggest awaypublication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 20:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

With all your suggestions for other people to make banners and attend marches it sounds like you're not on the bus either, so you can't really judge anyone else's attitude.

author by a suggestionpublication date Tue Feb 05, 2008 05:32author address londonauthor phone Report this post to the editors

I'm not on the bus, because I'm in London working on logistics for 100 heads to bed down for free in this expensive town.

I merely do some take it or leave it info sharing with my comment here and run into a tsunamei of contrariness. Oh well....

I'll be at this anti-Shell thing in Lonodn town this morning......
"Officer, officer....I'd like ot report an armed robbery......

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