New Events


no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2020/09/20 ? Open Thread Sun Sep 20, 2020 04:00 | Herb Swanson
2020/09/20 03:00:01Welcome 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 Hyperinflation, Fascism and War: How the New World Order May Be Defeated Once More Sat Sep 19, 2020 22:56 | amarynth
By Matthew Ehret for the Saker Blog While the world?s attention is absorbed by tectonic shifts unfolding across America as ?a perfect storm of civil war, and military coup threatens

offsite link Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Statement About the Situation in Belarus Sat Sep 19, 2020 17:00 | Leonya V.
SVR RF Press Bureau – September 16, 2020 (Italics and bolding added for emphasis.) The Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation, Sergey Naryshkin stated: ?The events

offsite link We have lost a real giant (Stephen F. Cohen has died)! Sat Sep 19, 2020 16:57 | The Saker
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God (Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew 5:9) Dear friends, It is with immense sadness that I have

offsite link Venezuela ? A Tribute for Endless Pursuit of Democracy Sat Sep 19, 2020 15:51 | The Saker
by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Venezuela is again the shining light of Democracy ? pushing ahead with the 6 December National Assembly (NA) elections ? despite the endless

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein?

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

offsite link Hong Kong and democracy Anthony

offsite link Oliver Callan: Back in his box Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About 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

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | 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 >>

Mary O`Donnell interview

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Saturday February 20, 2010 18:18author by Madam Kauthor email madamkvideo at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

Mary speaks about her husband's jailing.

Local Erris fisherman Pat O`Donnell was jailed for seven months on 10 /02/2010 for convictions of breach of the peace and of "obstructing a Garda .

Mary speaks about her husband, a local hero, the devestating effect Shell has had on the local community and the events which see him serving seven months in jail.

Local Erris fisherman Pat O`Donnell was jailed for seven months on 10/02/2010 for convictions of breach of the peace and of "obstructing' a Garda. An outspoken critic Shell`s experimental gas pipeline through his legal fishing grounds in Broadhaven Bay Erris Co. Mayo a special area of conservation On 11th June 2009, Pat O'Donnell's boat was sunk by 4 armed and masked men in Broadhaven Bay. Later that month both Pat O'Donnell and his son Jonathan were arrested in Broadhaven Bay just prior to the arrival of Shell's pipe-laying vessel, the Solitaire. Both fishermen's boats were impounded, yet no charges were brought against Pat and charges were later dropped against Jonathan. Almost identical arrests occurred in 2008 again just prior to the Solitaire's arrival.

Commenting on the jailing of Pat ODonnell, Terence Conway stated Once again the jailing of Pat ODonnell shows selective prosecution on behalf of the Gardaí. Pat O Donnell was picked out of a crowd of 60 people. The sentences are totally disproportionate to any alleged law-breaking and seem to be a punishment for opposing the Governments' facilitation of Shell.

A video by madam k

Related Link:

Caption: Mary O`Donnell

author by madam kpublication date Sat Feb 20, 2010 22:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Professional" journalists in the Irish media fail present true facts relating to the events unfolding in Erris Mayo regarding the corrib gas project.Ignoring the locals ,perfering to be spoon fed from the garda press office ."

Related Link:
author by m.m.mccarronpublication date Sun Feb 21, 2010 14:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Bless the united couples and united families of Erris who create local solidarity to impose civility on the market ( Shell) and the State ( Irish). Through their demands for people respect rather than profit respect they remind us of the importance of values in society and draw our attention to being human rather than being reduced to compliant economic objects. When will 'they' ever learn? Thank you all for keeping this lesson before all of us everyday one way or another.

author by Chrissiepublication date Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Respect, solidarity, & blessings to the O'Donnells & the Erris dissenters. Maybe Shell & the Gov't are learning that some people can't be bought. Pat O'Donnell is a brave, kind gentleman as demonstrated in his record of saving lives in Erris.

author by Madam Kpublication date Mon Feb 22, 2010 18:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

26 february 1999

Pat O`Donnell along with his two brothers Martin and Tony O`Donnell received a letter of appreciation for meritous service from Dr Michael Woods Minister for the Marine and Natural Recourses for their skill, commitment and contribution in the rescue of survivors in Belderg,Co.Mayo .

author by Anonpublication date Mon Feb 22, 2010 19:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I wonder where the other 58 erris fishermen were that night!

author by CLpublication date Mon Feb 22, 2010 22:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The fishermen seem to have put plenty of clear water between themselves and pat O'Donnell, one would think the least you would get is a press release from his comrades in the EIFA!

author by anonpublication date Tue Feb 23, 2010 09:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"plenty of clear water ?" Won`t be much of that about once Shell are in opperation in the Bay.

The multinational oil company Shell has, over a 25 year period, systematically polluted a huge underground reserve of potential drinking water in an aquifer near the city of Diyarbakir in Southeast Turkey where up to two million people live.

People living in the Niger Delta have to drink, cook with and wash in polluted water. They eat fish contaminated with oil and other toxins - if they are lucky enough to be able to still find fish.

Shell and the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNCP) failed to maintain its facilities causing numerous
avoidable spills in the proximity of villages and that the resulting contamination of water, soil
and air had serious short and long-term health impacts

The list goes on and on and on...

author by unconvincedpublication date Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It beggars believe that those 58 fishermen are all too dumb to see what is happening around them, and that pat O'Donnell and his brothers are the only ones who see the truth, that's over 90% of the fishing community who are happy to take the compensation.
Maybe there is more to this than we know!
I wonder has anyone ever explain to them what WILL happen once the refinery is producing.

author by Eamonn O'Coilea'in - Fishing in Errispublication date Tue Feb 23, 2010 14:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Health Alerts
This reports states that you can not eat most fish, even once a month because of the Mercury and pcbs.
All it will take is one of Erris fish suppliers to have a test on their stock and when the Mercury levels are too High no one will buy Erris Fish , WHY because Mercury an PCBs cause devastating health problems and even death in children. WHAT NO more fish an chips Thats what the Chief Pat O'Donnel was trying to prevent an now sit in a prison cell while the other fishermen kook the other way, STAND UP FOR YOUR Family and the people you sell fish to, because if this pipeline gets the go ahead then the fish will mostly be poisoned unfit to eat. Our Prays are with you Mary an Family.

author by Infactpublication date Tue Feb 23, 2010 17:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Scare mongering again!

See what science has to say on this issue.
"Mercury levels in yellowfin tuna caught off the coast of Hawaii have not changed in 27 years, despite a considerable increase in atmospheric mercury during this time, according to a new study. The findings suggest that the high levels of mercury that have been found in tuna and other ocean fish may not be coming from pollution, but from natural sources."

And it has even been proven in a court of law.
"The Judge ruled that "there is no dispute that most of the methylmercury in the ocean exists completely independently of human activity." Dr. Francois Morel, a noted Princeton University environmental scientist, testified that the percentage of mercury in tuna that originates from human sources "is either zero or 1.5 per cent."

And " The court declares that "methylmercury in fish, including tuna, does not respond to human pollution, and is a natural part of the product's environment."

And even more
"There's considerable evidence that the amount of mercury in fish has remained the same (or even decreased) during the past 100 years.
One team of researchers from Duke University and the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum compared 21 specimens of Atlantic Ocean blue hake preserved during the 1880s with 66 similar fish caught in the 1970s. They found no change at all in the concentration of mercury"

Now, is there some science out there to dispute these FACTS!

Maybe if people did more research and less assuming we would all be better off!

author by Billy idlepublication date Tue Feb 23, 2010 18:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I see the usual SHELL trolls popping up again - they might like to read this: before they go into bat for corporate criminals

author by Eamonn O'Coilea'in - Republic of Perjurypublication date Wed Feb 24, 2010 05:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Just like shells Phd Marine Biologist who stated to the EPA, that the metal will be so fine it won't sink to the bottom of the sea,after asking 5 or 6 times he relented and said it would sink but wouldn't do any damage to the fish. Then when he was asked where do $hell fish sleep , he didn't know or played stupid. Imagine that, it's on record with the EPA so dispute that, Shell fish sleep in the sand which will be toxic with mercury, copper and many other heavy metals that are toxic to humans that eat the fish.
Many Fish shops are watching closely to sea what happens in Erris , for I've been told that if shell gets the go ahead with this pipeline, that they won't be buying any more fish from this area,
One more thing ,, The Chief should not have been found Guilty and put in Prison, wait till you sea all the ships from all over Ireland and beyond this SUMMER. SEA U THEN.

author by Marc Spublication date Fri Feb 26, 2010 02:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Ho, Ho, Infact! You r so wise! You know about SCIENCE and FACTS! You must be real clever!! Not like dose silly Shell to Sea folks, what EVER can have gotten into their silly little heads!

Of course the mercury fromShell's refinery will do nobody any harm, and you know it Infact, because a Shell SCIENTIST said it! So it must be true!! Only a complete moron would disagree with FACTS from a SCIENTIST!!

In fact I'm willing to go even further than you Infact and I will bet you your science degree that mercury is actually good for you!! Heavy metals in food and air have been shown to reduce cognitive ability over a long period, and everyone knows too much thinking is bad for society!! So roll on the refinery, and roll on the thousands of tonnes of mercury, arsenic and other metals in Broadhaven Bay!! Yipee!!

The serious point I'm trying to make here is that an over credulous approach discredits science. With the right funding, and by setting the parameters of your investigation before it starts, a powerful funder can often induce a study to generate a misleading result which suits their interests, or cover up a problem in the making. That's where we got Thalidomide, BSE, and a host of other modern ills.

Wake up!

author by agreepublication date Fri Feb 26, 2010 08:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I agree with the previous poster, see how science misled about climate change.

Number of comments per page
© 2001-2020 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