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cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday August 08, 2006 01:33 by Anti-War Ireland (Cork branch)   text 17 comments (last - wednesday august 09, 2006 01:23)   image 1 image
About 70 people turned out at 2pm on Saturday at Daunt Square in Cork for a vigil in solidarity with the Lebanese and Palestinian people, and in opposition to the widespread and devastating Israeli military attacks on civilians.

Organised by the Cork branches of Anti-War Ireland, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the IAWM, the attendance was diverse, and included members of a variety of left-wing groups. Hundreds of Anti-War Ireland leaflets were handed out, calling for workplace and trade union 'blacking' of Israeli goods. The reaction from passers by was overwhelmingly positive and many promised not to buy Israeli products in future. Cork AWI has also produced stickers urging people to boycott Israeli products and these have begun to appear throughout the city centre. read full story / add a comment
Protesters prevent poles being offloaded. Cautions were issued, but no arrests made
cork / environment / news report Wednesday August 02, 2006 15:07 by Quentin Gargan   text 2 comments (last - wednesday august 09, 2006 14:31)   image 2 images
At the High Court on Monday 31st July, members of Bantry Concerned Action Group were about to issue proceedings under section 160 of the Planning Act against the ESB, arguing that the powerline proposed in Bantry is currently an unauthorised development.

The proceedings were providing a welcome respite for protesters to so far have successfully blocked the ESB from continuing work along the route of the powerline. Farmers along the route assisted by members from the Solidarity Camp had successfully blocked numerous efforts by the ESB to off-load poles, bring diggers on-site etc. The exercise, according to the ESB, cost them €15,000 each day, with virtually no results for all their efforts. At time of writing, all machinery and equipment has been removed from the area.
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Farmers gathered at rally (photo courtesy of Tony McElhinney)
cork / environment / news report Wednesday August 02, 2006 14:29 by Quentin Gargan   image 2 images
Over 300 farmers from as far apart as Malin Head in Donegal and Wexford assembled for a rally in Bantry to support over twenty local farmers preventing the ESB from laying an overhead powerline across their lands.

After the rally, the group marched through Bantry, stopping for a while outside a hotel being constructed by Murnane and O'Shea, the businessmen behind the windfarm project who are demanding that overhead powerlines cross 40 farms over a 14km route
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Letter from Minister Mary Coughlan to Cork Co. Council
cork / environment / news report Wednesday August 02, 2006 12:53 by Quentin Gargan   text 7 comments (last - tuesday august 22, 2006 01:42)   image 1 image
Farmers in Bantry have were astonished to find a letter in the planning office from Mary Coughlan, Minister for Agriculture making representations on behalf of Bob Murnane who is currently seeking planning permission to extend the size of a controversial windfarm near Bantry.

The Ballybane windfarm being developed by local businessmen Murnane and O’Shea requires a grid connection to a sub-station 14 kilometres away. Over twenty farmers along the route have been blockading the ESB to prevent them from constructing overhead powerlines.
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Protesters posters showed the damage done to civilian life by Israeli terrorism
cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday July 29, 2006 18:59 by John Jefferies   text 1 comment (last - saturday july 29, 2006 20:42)   image 5 images
Between 40 and 50 anti-war activists held a vigil in Daunt's Square, a pedestrianised area on Cork's main street Patrick Street, today to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine and Lebanon and opposition to Israel's slaughter of at least 600 people in the last fortnight. read full story / add a comment
Demonstrators in Daunt Square, Cork.
cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday July 22, 2006 22:16 by Hilary Quinn   text 6 comments (last - sunday july 23, 2006 21:29)   image 15 images
This vigil was organised by Cork Alliance Against War; Cork Branch of the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign; Socialist Youth, in response to the ongoing Israeli atrocities in Gaza and Lebanon.

Pics attached. read full story / add a comment
cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday July 11, 2006 12:42 by John Jefferies   text 28 comments (last - thursday july 13, 2006 10:50)   image 2 images
Many Cobh residents woke to the strains of Johnny Cash belting out his 1960s hit "Ring of Fire" over the public address system of USS The Sullivans as she left the Deepwater Quay in Cobh this morning (Tuesday, 11/7/06) around 7.15 this morning after her eventful weekend in Cork Harbour.
(Unfortunately I have been unable to upload photos due to technical error). read full story / add a comment
cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday July 10, 2006 22:26 by Anti-War Ireland   text 5 comments (last - tuesday july 11, 2006 12:44)
Anti-War Ireland maintained a vigil at the Deepwater Quay in Cobh this afternoon where the US warship - the USS The Sullivans - remained berthed. Holding placards against the presence of the warship, several Cobh anti-war activists challenged various local worthies between 6pm and 7pm as they boarded the ship to sup with the captain and his senior officers.

The members of the local Urban District Council had been invited to an on-board reception this evening, but anti-war activists spotted just three of the town's nine councillors accepting the invitation, though others may have slipped in through the back.

Cllr Kieran McCarthy (SF) and Cllr Paddy Histon (Ind) made it clear to Anti-War Ireland that they were purposively boycotting the event; indeed, McCarthy has stood with the protestors throughout the visit. Disgracefully, however, the Labour Party mayor of Cobh, Noirin Doyle, was seen to board the ship at 6.40pm tonight, accompanied by Fine Gael Councillor Stella Meade. read full story / add a comment
Bantry Bullies - Murnane & O’Shea and the ESB.
cork / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday July 09, 2006 22:16 by Niall Harnett   text 29 comments (last - friday august 25, 2006 00:10)   image 35 images
For the past 10 days or so, members of the Bantry Concerned Action Group and their supporters have been blockading the ESB Networks crew and their digger contractors from entering their lands and farms which are marked out for this proposed overhead powerline route which stretches from the 'Murnane & O'Shea Glanta Windfarm Development' at Colomane to the Ballylickey sub-station 14km away.

The ESB have been contracted by Murnane & O’Shea to construct this powerline to connect their wind farm development to the national grid. Murnane & O’Shea know that that the ESB have powers that they don’t have, namely the 1927 Electricity Supply Act which gives them ‘permission’ to enter and even break in through entrances to farms and lands etc “to do whatever we want and you can’t stop us” according to ESB’s Tim Flavin who‘s been described as ‘a pure tool’ by one member of the BCAG. Murnane & O’Shea are in the position where they can abuse the ESB powers to facilitate their private development under the guise of green energy production.

It’s an abuse of the 1927 Act and a business arrangement designed to make more millions for Murnane & O’Shea.

What Murnane & O’Shea and the ESB fail to comprehend is that they don’t have the permission of those who matter most in all this - the landowners - and until the BCAG give them their consent to come in on the land, the ESB will NOT do ‘whatever they want’ and they can and will be stopped.

Meanwhile, Murnane & O’Shea who have remained tight lipped in the shadows until now, straining at their own leashes and letting the ESB do their dirty work for them, have revealed themselves in a recent ‘issue of legal proceedings’ seeking damages, costs and permanent injunctions against 23 of the landowners and ANYONE ELSE WHO INTERFERES OR EVEN WATCHES this ‘overland cable’ project! BCAG members Tadhg Coughlan and Susan Kingston face a separate ESB application for an injunction against them tomorrow Monday 9th at the high court in Dublin at 11.00am. read full story / add a comment
cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday July 09, 2006 21:39 by james   text 5 comments (last - monday july 10, 2006 21:05)
Anti war protestors picketed a US warship in Cobh today. read full story / add a comment
How would you like one of these?
cork / environment / press release Sunday July 09, 2006 21:24 by Quentin Gargan & Clare Watson   image 1 image
Dispute escalates and West Cork Farmers maintain resolve to keep overhead pylons out


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cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday July 08, 2006 23:49 by Anti-War Ireland (Cork)   text 27 comments (last - sunday march 18, 2007 17:01)   image 1 image
A US warship - USS The Sullivans - docked at the Deepwater Quay in Cobh, Co. Cork, early today where it was spotted almost immediately by local anti-war activists. It is understood that the ship is staying until Monday and is currently being refuelled by a tanker from Reynolds Oil.

Late this evening a member of Anti-War Ireland, who was investigating the ship, was prevented from entering the quayside by members of the US Navy. This is a public quayside, Irish soil and a popular walkway; it is utterly unacceptable that it is being policed by members of a foreign navy. read full story / add a comment
Bantry Solidarity Lodge …
cork / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday July 04, 2006 01:03 by Niall Harnett   text 14 comments (last - saturday november 24, 2012 04:35)   image 27 images
In the last few days and weeks, a number of volunteers who met to discuss this issue at the recent Rossport Solidarity Camp Anniversary Gathering (http://www.corribsos.com/index.php?id=738), have been travelling to Bantry, Co Cork, meeting with the Bantry Concerned Action Group, supporting their blockade of the ESB pylon project and setting up the Bantry Solidarity Camp & Lodge.

The Bantry Solidarity Camp & Lodge is ready now to receive visitors who wish to support the Bantry Concerned Action Group in their fight against the ESB (Electricity Supply Board) who are attempting to bully their way without permission onto their lands, woods and farms to construct pylons, poles and overhead power lines in order to facilitate the private development, Glanta Windfarm, on behalf of developers Murnane & O'Shea, who by all accounts have gotten their way in Bantry, Co Cork, for far too long now.

I phoned Bob Murnane of Murnane & O’Shea on Friday for a comment/drink/meeting/interview, but he declined. Maybe we can meet another time Bob or perhaps you’d like to add a comment on to this article.

BURY THE POWERLINES, NOT THE CHILDREN! read full story / add a comment
“Determined to meet and surpass the expectations of our stakeholders - to whom we are accountable” - ESB Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
cork / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday July 03, 2006 16:41 by Niall Harnett   text 33 comments (last - wednesday june 28, 2017 19:01)   image 40 images
After 3 years fighting the ESB down the usual dead end routes of the courts, the planners, the politicians, the County Councils etc, things finally came to a head for the Bantry Concerned Action Group (BCAG) over the last few days when an assault by the ESB Networks Crew and Officials on a number of local farmers resulted in an ESB blockade of farm entrances in attempting to access their lands for the purposes of erecting pylons, poles and an overhead 38kv power line, to connect the as yet unlicensed and unbuilt 'Murnane & O'Shea' development 'Ballybane Glanta Windfarm' in Dromourneen to the substation at Ballylickey 14km away.

ESB Networks have been granted high court injunctions / restraining orders against a number of the BCAG and are seeking more injunctions against more local residents at the high court in Dublin tomorrow Monday 3rd July (to be adjourned). The ESB are seeking to enter their lands on the back of these injunctions and their associated threats of jail, costs and/or fines. But the BCAG are not lying down and are committed to blocking all attempts to start work on their lands, until the ESB reverse their plans and agree to PUT THIS POWERLINE UNDERGROUND.

In a disgraceful display of true form, ignoring all ‘commitments’ to ‘social responsibility’, ‘codes of practice’ and ‘open communication in relation to the concerns of local communities’, ESB Networks Manager, Liam O’Sullivan (and his foot) accompanied by sidekick David Killian, blockaded their own contactors from pulling out of Joe Burke’s and other farms, after the contractors agreed to leave having been stopped in their tracks by the group. read full story / add a comment
cork / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday June 28, 2006 19:34 by IWU Publicity Group   text 1 comment (last - thursday june 29, 2006 09:22)
IWU call for solidarity action to support suspended security workers in Bantry. read full story / add a comment
cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday June 19, 2006 21:59 by Cork Antiwar   text 30 comments (last - wednesday june 21, 2006 15:45)
Report on "Don’t Attack Iran" Public Meeting in Metropole hotel Cork

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Street Graffiti from Cork, Ireland.
cork / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday June 13, 2006 15:09 by Noise Hacker   text 16 comments (last - saturday june 30, 2007 22:44)   image 59 images
(Massive shouts from the Noise Hacker to all Cork graffiti heads). read full story / add a comment
we're not size queens really ;)
cork / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Thursday June 08, 2006 13:57 by Anarkitty   text 38 comments (last - tuesday april 10, 2007 19:57)   image 8 images
The weather was gorgeous, the floats were fabulous, the tunes were pumpin, and the people came out in their hundreds :) read full story / add a comment
Picture from the Maine Maritime Academy's website
cork / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday June 07, 2006 21:46 by John Jefferies, Cobh, Co. Cork   text 13 comments (last - thursday june 15, 2006 14:58)   image 1 image
A large training ship, the m.v. State of Maine, arrived in Cork Harbour yesterday evening (6/6/06 - how appropriate!) and berthed at the Deepwater Quay in the town of Cobh, just 500 metres from the town centre and 300 metres from the headquarters of the Irish Naval Service at Haulbowline. read full story / add a comment
Joe, blood pressure low last week, forced to rest up for a few days.
cork / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday June 05, 2006 23:15 by Niall Harnett   text 26 comments (last - wednesday november 26, 2008 20:56)   image 6 images
The Bantry Concerned Action Group want the ESB to put this 14km stretch of powerline underground, as is the accepted norm now internationally, for health and safety reasons. Know this … pylons and overhead lines cause leukaemia and cancer.

Following the recent high court injunction granted to the ESB against 6 Bantry landowners, effective from last Thursday June 1st, local residents, inspired by the Rossport Five, are committed to treating this injunction with the contempt it deserves and will be blockading any attempts by the ESB to start work on their land from tomorrow Tuesday 6th June onwards. read full story / add a comment
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