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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 14 Days

Free the Protestors - Jail the Bankers


The Government acting on behalf of corporate and financial power who have set their eyes on our Water have disgracefully jailed 5 citizens of this country because they said No to Austerity. We demand their freedom immediately. The five are: Derek Byrne, Bernie Hughes, Michael Batty who are imprisoned for 27 days and Paul Moore and Damien O’Neill who are imprisoned for 56 days.

There is clearly one law for the rich and one law for the rest of us. Where are the bankers and developers who bankrupted this country and led to widespread hardship and a huge increase in suicides in this country, deaths which have devastated families. And what of the people who have died for lack of resources in our health system and of those evicted from their homes. It is time we stood up to this undemocractic sham and demand our country back from the claws of the elite.


Keep an eye out on social media and any websites related to the campaign against water charges for info on upcoming protests against the jailed 5.

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mayo / environment / other press Monday August 25, 2014 - 23:37 by Anti-fracking   image 1 image
The Mayo Advertiser carried an article on fracking on Aug 22nd. See below.

Mayo needs to wake up to the reality that the controversial method of extracting natural gas from rock — known as fracking — could soon become a major issue in the county.

That is according to two local Sinn Féin representatives who this week urged the public and political representatives to call on the Government to make its position on fracking clear because a number of Mayo townlands in the Swinford and Charlestown areas have long been flagged as possible fracking sites. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / crime and justice / news report Sunday July 20, 2014 - 22:46 by Court reporter   image 2 images
On Wednesday 9th July, 6 Corrib campaigners appeared in Belmullet District court to answer charges as a result of their opposition to Shell. While the following Friday John Monaghan appeared in Castlebar Circuit Court, where he was appealing a conviction of obstruction and careless driving outside Shell's Aughoose compound. ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday June 11, 2014 - 12:23 by Andrew   text 2 comments (last - monday june 16, 2014 - 01:39)
Almost two years after Shell smuggled their Tunnel Boring Machine out of Dublin port in the middle of the night, and then spent 3 days meeting resistance across the country before getting stuck in the bog, they removed it from Erris Monday night. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / crime and justice / news report Tuesday December 17, 2013 - 08:27 by Court Reporter   text 5 comments (last - saturday december 21, 2013 - 14:49)   image 10 images   video 1 video file
Recently appointed Judge Faughnan presided over this month's district court session at Belmullet. Two Shell to Sea related cases were finalised resulting in one campaigner avoiding conviction by receiving the benefit of the probation act and another - local Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway - being convicted and fined E200.
When the Belmullet District court session opened on Wednesday morning there were seven campaigners due to appear in court on charges arising from the ongoing imposition of, and protest against, the Shell Corrib gas project in North West Mayo.
Shell Santa also made an appearance at court bearing gives of alcohol but the Gardaí didn't seem too happy for him to visit them in such a public setting. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday November 15, 2013 - 13:09 by Rossport Solidarity Reporter   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
Judge Denis McLoughlin presided over yesterdays monthly sitting of Belmullet district court. Amongst the defendants were 5 people up on charges because of their opposition to the Shell Corrib gas project. Of the Shell related cases only one was heard, resulting in John Monaghan being convicted and fined E350 and disqualified from driving for one year. Of particular note in this case was that some of the evidence that was used to convict Mr Monaghan, came from Sgt Dermot Butler, who was one of the named Gardaí that a former Shell subcontractor claimed helped to transfer the alcohol that he delivered to Belmullet Garda station on behalf of Shell. Also of particular note was that one IRMS security guard also confirmed that IRMS had a practice of profiling certain members of the local community and other campaigners.

... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday September 04, 2013 - 08:42 by ags   text 4 comments (last - saturday january 03, 2015 - 22:21)   image 3 images
To Sue:
Sgt James Gill (retired) is threatening Pat “The Chief” O'Donnell with bankruptcy over the defamation case, in which Gill's former classmate, Judge Margaret Heneghan awarded him €33,000 plus legal costs. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 15, 2013 - 01:11 by Shell to Sea   text 1 comment (last - monday july 15, 2013 - 01:20)   image 8 images   video 1 video file
-- Local community forced to act after State agencies ignore danger -- ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Friday June 28, 2013 - 16:03 by j debender   text 1 comment (last - friday june 28, 2013 - 17:21)   image 4 images
This week has seen large numbers of people continually walking down to Shell's tunneling compound, disrupting work and blocking Shell traffic, and many people from the camp have taken advantage of the sunny weather to spend the days helping locals with turf collecting- many hands make light work! Meanwhile the guards have spent their time patrolling around harassing people on the roads. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday June 24, 2013 - 23:27 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 25, 2013 - 09:54)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Today, Monday 24th of June, six people, two piloting kayaks, ventured out onto Sruth Fhada Conn estuary to disrupt the progress of a boat doing surveying work for the Shell Corrib gas project, in a continuation of Rossport Solidarity Camp's week of action. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Sunday June 23, 2013 - 23:22 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 4 comments (last - friday june 28, 2013 - 02:14)   image 1 image
Today, Sunday 23 June, around eighty people stormed a work site of the controversial Shell Corrib Gas project near Rossport, Co. Mayo. Significant damage was caused to construction equipment. This was the latest event in thirteen years of struggle against the project, which faces concerted opposition from residents due to its dangerous, experimental nature. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday June 20, 2013 - 02:07 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 7 comments (last - wednesday june 26, 2013 - 13:26)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Press Release

For immediate release

Issued by Rossport Solidarity Camp

20/06/13 ... read full story / add a comment
mayo / anti-capitalism / event notice Friday June 07, 2013 - 11:47 by Margaretta D'Arcy   text 3 comments (last - thursday june 13, 2013 - 09:40)   video 2 video files
Galway Pussy Riot invite you to share with us our act of Holy Foolishness of Punk.
To help build an installation of a funeral pyre at Achillhenge, Achill which is its self is an act of the holy foolishness of punk.
We will metaphysically celebrate the demise of austerity... and all that lot! ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / feature Friday May 10, 2013 - 17:26 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 5 comments (last - tuesday july 02, 2013 - 22:33)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Call Out:
Come to the Rossport Solidarity Camp, Pullathomas, Co. Mayo for a week of action in June against Shell’s Corrib Gas Project. This week has been called to coincide with one of Shell’s busiest work times. Come to act in solidarity with the 13 year old campaign in Mayo against Shell’s Corrib Gas Project. The week will be jam packed with a wide variety of actions! There will be something useful for everyone to do, regardless of your experience and skills. The Rossport Solidarity Camp is being erected specifically for this week, and will be taken back down when the week is completed. So if you are planning on traveling to Mayo this summer – make it this week! ... read full story / add a comment
Back amongst friends :)
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Saturday February 23, 2013 - 22:00 by Shelver   text 7 comments (last - thursday february 28, 2013 - 19:53)   image 5 images
After a week and a half in custody, Shell to Sea activist Izzy Ní Graidim left Mountjoy prison yesterday at 1.30pm on temporary release! We'd expect that to turn into full release in a week's time when she's due back in there. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / miscellaneous / news report Thursday February 14, 2013 - 19:27 by shell2sea   text 3 comments (last - friday february 15, 2013 - 17:57)   image 1 image
Ms Ní Ghraidm pleaded guilty to a Section 8 and 9 charge and refused to do community service as she felt her protest was a service to a community under siege from Shell. The Judge then sentenced Ms Ní Ghraidm to 3 months in jail. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Saturday February 02, 2013 - 19:51 by S2S   text 3 comments (last - sunday february 03, 2013 - 12:55)   image 7 images
Today, Shell to Sea held a morning protest outside Bellanaboy refinery to highlight Shell's announcement of profits of €19.6 billion for 2012.

Brandishing signs including “Shell Destroys Communities & Environment” and “Harmful to Local Community”, members of the community blocked trucks drawing material to Shell tunneling compound at Aughoose. ... read full story / add a comment
Art - a Composite of Van Gogh's 'Exercise Yard' & Munch's 'Scream' by Prisoner Mick Connors.
mayo / environment / feature Sunday January 20, 2013 - 00:05 by Niall Harnett   text 32 comments (last - thursday april 04, 2013 - 22:01)   image 6 images
An insight into prison life in Ireland, namely Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon. On 21st April 2010 I was convicted of assaulting a number of Gardaí in relation to Shell to Sea protests and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. Remission for good behaviour means that prisoners will have their sentences reduced by a quarter, once you keep your nose clean. I was given credit for 2 weeks time served previously in 2009, before I was bailed out pending my appeal. So I spent 4 months in jail from April to August in the summer of 2010. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Friday November 16, 2012 - 00:41 by Shelver   image 4 images
On Tuesday the 13th of November reports had come in that Shell had begun expanding the Glengad compound.

Around midday few of us at the camp house decided to head down for a look, and to see what could be done. ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday November 15, 2012 - 23:19 by RSC   image 5 images
On Saturday the 10th of November the community opposing Shell's Corrib gas project in Mayo held a gathering to mark two important anniversaries occurring on that day:

1. The 17th anniversary of the hanging of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists who opposed Shell in Nigeria http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2011/06/23/shell-and-the-...wiwa/

2. The 6th anniversary of the baton charge and violence by Gardaí against protesters opposed to the Corrib Gas Project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz0zYd93nfo ... read full story / add a comment
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mayo / miscellaneous / event notice Sunday October 21, 2012 - 13:11 by RSC   image 1 image
Come up to the camp house this bank holiday weekend for lots of fun group activities (and work!)

... read full story / add a comment
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