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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 16 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.

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat March 21st
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dublin / environment / news report Friday August 31, 2012 00:11 by C   text 4 comments (last - wednesday september 05, 2012 13:13)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
This morning members of Rossport Solidarity Camp disrupted Pat Rabbitte while he spoke at a conference at the Science Gallery in Dublin entitled "The Future of Energy: Dreams and Responsibilities"[1] read full story / add a comment
national / environment / news report Thursday August 30, 2012 21:12 by Dave M   text 7 comments (last - tuesday september 04, 2012 12:01)
Teagasc has confirmed that it has already planted out Genetically Modified potatoes at its site in Co. Carlow – despite a period for legal challenges running to 25th October. The three month window opened after the trial received approval from the EPA in July.

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mayo / environment / news report Wednesday August 22, 2012 21:53 by neo   text 3 comments (last - friday august 24, 2012 12:40)   image 9 images
This week Shell have recommenced work, eager to get a move on after the whole TBM-in-a-ditch saga. The Tunnel Boring Machine is still in the Bellanaboy refinery and they haven't made an attempt to move it the last 2km to Aughoose yet. Most of the work seems to be laying a track down from the back of Bellanaboy along the proposed route of the pipeline. So of course we at the solidarity camp have been very busy too: read full story / add a comment
IRMS invade field below road
national / environment / news report Friday August 03, 2012 14:28 by RSC   text 3 comments (last - friday august 03, 2012 23:44)   image 3 images
This morning at about 4am hundreds of Gardaí and Shell private security (IRMS) mobilised to Glenamoy crossroads where sections of Shell's tunnel boring machine has been stuck on a jack-knifed lorry for the last number of days. Since then convoys of lorrys have been hauling stone from a stock pile inside the refinery to the site, dumping it into the field below the cab of the jack- knifed lorry. It is thought that they need better foundations than the bog road and fields in order to use a crane big enough to lift the weight of the lorry and the TBM and want to extend the road for the cab. read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Sunday July 29, 2012 21:27 by camper   text 10 comments (last - tuesday july 31, 2012 11:00)
The TBM has been sighted at Dublin docks tonight (Sun) in three trucks, and is allegedly setting off towards Rossport this evening. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / news report Sunday July 08, 2012 21:30 by CDC   text 4 comments (last - tuesday july 24, 2012 22:19)   image 10 images   video 1 video file
“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses” – Hanna Rion

Since the beginning of February 2012 the CDC along with residents from Tom Kelly Flats, set out to create a community garden for the area. Although at the time, we were entering into the unknown scene of gardening and were operating on an experimental and trial and error basis, we’re happy to announce that the initiative was a great success.

Today (8/7/12) the CDC along with residents in Tom Kelly Flats began the first harvest of the community garden. Our first main crop to be harvested was our organic potatoes, we then harvested some of our organic vegetables as well. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 02, 2012 18:47 by C   text 12 comments (last - monday july 16, 2012 13:32)   image 5 images
Today, 2nd of July, thousands of dead Lugworms were found in the sands around Sruwaddacon estuary. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Thursday June 14, 2012 12:27 by Sonya Oldham
This is in response to the article 'Frank Convery, Yvonne Scannell, Fracking and Local Credibility in Ireland' published in Irish Environment on May 30: http://www.irishenvironment.com/commentary/frank-conver...land/
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mayo / environment / news report Wednesday June 13, 2012 21:49 by Sabotage Shell   text 4 comments (last - saturday june 23, 2012 19:16)
Last week a stone crushing machine central to the operation of Barretts Quarry in Bangor, County Mayo was decomissioned. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Tuesday June 12, 2012 15:43 by RLL   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 12, 2012 15:50)   image 10 images
The week of action started with fortifying the camp against eviction, and as the camp was still happily pitched on Tuesday morning, we decided to put our energy into stopping Shell, as planned! read full story / add a comment
international / environment / press release Monday June 11, 2012 14:06 by Jim NTF   text 1 comment (last - wednesday june 13, 2012 12:06)
‘Fracking’ – a protest song.
http://www.mediafire.com/?vsa9f1rxdrxlbpr
‘Fracking’ is a song written in opposition to the industrial extraction of fossil-fuel shale gas by hydraulic fracturing, and aims to increase awareness of the many dangers that fracking presents. The protest song has a long tradition across all types of movements and struggles, and it is hoped that this recording can do its small bit to help build community resistance to fracking across the world.

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map showing relative location of Corrib Gas Field and Earthquake origin
mayo / environment / opinion/analysis Thursday June 07, 2012 22:30 by Colin Johnston   text 3 comments (last - sunday june 10, 2012 15:20)   image 1 image
At the time of the magnitude 4 earthquake detected on the Mayo coast on Wednesday morning, "seismic survey" vessels contracted to Shell E&P Ireland were scheduled to be in the process of using high-energy explosive pulses to probe the deep rock strata within 10-15km of the quake zone. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / news report Friday May 25, 2012 16:47 by rikki indymedia
this week saw the annual general meeting of oil giant, shell. the main international AGM took place in holland at the hague, but uk shareholders joined in by videolink at a meeting at the barbican. despite a massive security operation, the AGM was hit both outside and in by a stream of activists from 'rising tide' 'occupy oil', 'shell to sea', rossport camp, and 'tar sands uk' among others.

this short film captures the morning and some of the protests that challenged and penetrated the massive security operation at the shell AGM

see also 'london rising tide' press release at http://london.indymedia.org/articles/12284 for loads more info

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The new summer camp with the kitchen marquee and a few other structures
mayo / environment / news report Friday May 11, 2012 18:09 by j debender   text 2 comments (last - sunday may 13, 2012 05:43)   image 10 images
Friday 4th May Day of Solidarity successfully stopped all Shell haulage for the day. Once folks were satisfied that Shell wasn't going to try and do any haulage, they went to the Rossport Solidarity Camp to start taking down structures and move the camp. read full story / add a comment
Bobby Sands Remembered in Nantes Brittany
international / environment / news report Tuesday May 08, 2012 14:34 by Michael Joyce   image 2 images
The 5th May on a street off the main thoroughfares a small group of people came to mark the anniversary of a protester and a protest that in 1981 held the world's attention. Bobby Sands died that day. This street 'Rue Bobby Sands' is named in his honour. As in Nantes, just like many other cities throughout the world, the hungerstrike has left its' mark on the human conscience.
The search for justice by hungerstrike is now being used by the people of Nantes to show their opposition to the airport development at Notre Dame de La Lande (NDDL), it is an attack on their human dignity. read full story / add a comment
Come up to Mayo this June bank holiday!
mayo / environment / news report Monday April 30, 2012 13:41 by June gathering   text 1 comment (last - monday april 30, 2012 13:51)   image 1 image
The seventh annual Rossport Solidarity Camp gathering is taking place in Erris, Co.Mayo from the 1st-4th June. You are invited to take part in workshops/discussions, skillshares, music and fun! read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday April 23, 2012 19:16 by Cara   text 3 comments (last - saturday may 19, 2012 16:28)   image 1 image
Shell Ireland have announced that they are to carry out more seismic surveying of the offshore pipeline which is supposed to carry raw gas from the sea bed to their valve at the landfall. The survey is scheduled to take place from June 1st 2012 and although they are vague about how liong it will take, they say the survey should be completed by the end of September. If there are protests, it might not be completed at all.

Full details here: http://www.transport.ie/upload/general/13495-MN17OF2012...1.PDF read full story / add a comment
Carey's tractor stopped in the road
mayo / environment / news report Sunday April 22, 2012 13:16 by j debender   text 2 comments (last - monday april 23, 2012 23:29)   image 9 images
On Friday haulage was stopped as six campaigners stood in the road outside Shell's Aughoose compound. This meant work at both the Glengad and Aughoose compounds was stopped as one tractor and three lorries waited in the road. read full story / add a comment
Come spend your May bank holiday weekend in Solidarity!
mayo / environment / news report Friday April 20, 2012 12:32 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   image 1 image
The next Day of Solidarity is Friday 4th May. Actions will start first thing Friday morning, so please arrive on Thursday night. Food and accommodation provided, donations welcome. There may be buses or lift shares coming from Dublin Cork or Galway so please get in touch if you need a lift or are able to offer one. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Thursday April 19, 2012 14:04 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 2 comments (last - sunday april 22, 2012 12:04)   image 6 images
This morning work was held up at the Shell Glengad and Aughoose compounds by a truck occupation. read full story / add a comment
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