no events posted in last week
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Neo-Ottoman Nights Of Armenian-Azerbaijani War Thu Oct 29, 2020 19:16 | amarynth
South Front Turkish Sultan-in-Chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come up with a justification for the deployment of Syrian militants to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone to support the war against Armenia.
A Delegated System of Governance: Understanding the Concepts of Imamat and Wilayat in Shi?a Islam, P... Thu Oct 29, 2020 18:45 | amarynth
by Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, ?In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. In Part I (See here) of the topic, the Islamic
Armenian-Azerbaijani War ? One Month After Thu Oct 29, 2020 14:52 | amarynth
South Front After a month of war, the Turkish-Azerbaijani bloc continues to keep the initiative in the conflict, exploiting its advantage in air power, artillery, military equipment and manpower. The
Why Propaganda is Vital In Upholding The Illusion of a Democracy Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:51 | amarynth
By Cynthia Chung for the Saker Blog ?Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given
Saker message of thanks to our wonderful community! Wed Oct 28, 2020 22:08 | The Saker
Dear friends I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to all those who have responded to my Fall appeal for donations: all of you have been extremely generous, irrespective of
The Saker >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
David Quinn’s selective tolerance
A Woulfe in judges clothing Anthony
Sarah McInerney and political impartiality Anthony
Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein? Anthony
Irish Examiner bias Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan
What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith
The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith
Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh
Spirit of Contradiction >>
Community walk brings Shell drilling work to a standstill in Sruwaddacon Estuary
rights, freedoms and repression |
Wednesday August 11, 2010 15:52 by Shell to Sea - Shell to Sea
Shell & Gardaí powerless against community action
Yesterday morning forty people from around Sruwaddacon Estuary brought Shell’s survey work in the area to a complete standstill. The community walked out onto the mudflats at low tide to assert their cockle-picking rights and disrupt Shell’s borehole drilling survey.
At around 11.30am people converged at Aughoose and walked down a public right of way onto the mudflats. The group walked to one of the two jack-up barges and prevented drilling by walking underneath the platform. IRMS - Shell’s private security firm – tried to block their free passage but the people prevailed and walked where they pleased. Three people scaled the legs of the barge and occupied them for about four hours. One person chained himself to the one of the drill-shafts in order to stop the work.
Community Walk Out
At about midday about 8 people from the group walked down to the other jack-up barge and enjoyed similar success. Commenting on the scarcity of cockles found on the walk, one local said: “They have probably been scared by the noise from the drilling and must have buried themselves deeper down”.
At about 12.30pm 13 Gardaí walked out onto the strand to assist IRMS. Several warnings were given under section 8 of the public order act for people to stay away from the jack-up barges. At about 1pm the Gardaí cut out the person locked to the drill shaft and arrested him under section 8 of the public order act. At about 1.30pm, with only Gardaí and IRMS beneath the barges, drilling work resumed, even though the legs of the barge were still occupied by three people some 3 - 4 metres above ground. The work almost immediately ground to a halt once more however after one person re-entered under the rig. She was roughly dragged out by IRMS security and arrested by the Gardai under section 8 of the public order act. Both arrestees were brought to Belmullet Garda Station for processing and were released later that day.
Meanwhile the breach had an invigorating effect and with more local people arriving the group reoccupied under the barge despite hollow warnings from the Gardaí. At about 3pm with the tide coming back in the group headed for dry land.
Recently, on the 2nd of August Minister Gormley made directions restricting leisure activities to protect Special Areas of Conservation. Minister Gormley stated: “Along with other EU States, Ireland has designated certain areas for nature protection and, in those areas that must be our priority. Many people, indeed, find recreation in the enjoyment of undisturbed nature.”
At the scene Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway stated: “Despite his recent proclamation Minister Gormley gave the go ahead for this destruction. It seems that there is one law for Shell and another law for the rest of us.”
He continued “The people here have opposed this project for 10 years and will continue to do so to protect our health, safety & environment.”
For further information or verification please contact:
Terrence Conway: 086 0866264
Maura Harrington: 0879591474
Notes for editors:
 Minister Gormley's recent directions regarding Special Areas of Conservation
Occupying under Jack-1
Locals Vrs IRMS