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Anti-Water Charges' Five Now in Jail 11 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
Work stopped.
national / environment / news report Saturday September 17, 2011 15:11 by Teresa Treacy Support Group.   text 20 comments (last - thursday october 06, 2011 22:21)   image 5 images
On Wednesday the 14th of September, concerned individuals wishing to support Teresa Treacy arrived at Clonmore, Tullamore. The following morning the supporters learned that no tree felling would be carried out that week and ESB workers had been instructed to leave the site.

On the morning of Saturday the 17th of September, Teresa rang from the prison to say that her spirits had been lifted by the news. She has her own cell in the prison thanks to the good graces of the prison staff. After her initial shock she is settling in. She said she has no intention of 'purging her contempt' and is calling out for support. read full story / add a comment
how fracking works
national / environment / opinion/analysis Thursday September 15, 2011 16:34 by Edward Durand   text 1 comment (last - sunday september 25, 2011 01:46)   image 1 image
There have been widespread objections to the granting of licences to drill for gas in the Lough Allen Basin. At the moment the only way of extracting the gas is the controversial practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. read full story / add a comment
shell presume their fence is unclimbable
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday September 14, 2011 18:50 by j debender   text 4 comments (last - saturday september 17, 2011 12:21)   image 15 images
Tuesday 13th September six people from the Rossport Solidarity Camp went down to Shell's tunnelling compound in Aughoose, Co. Mayo to disrupt work. Work was slowed from three separate actions spread over 2 hours as people interfered with fencing work and then two people got up on a tractor making a delivery to the compound. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / news report Monday September 12, 2011 19:57 by Niall Harnett   text 87 comments (last - saturday october 08, 2011 17:44)   image 6 images
Teresa Treacy, a 65 year old woman from Tullamore, Co Offaly has been ordered to jail by High Court Judge Daniel Herbert at the request of the ESB.

Ms Treacy, who shares the family farm with her sister Mary at Woodfield House, Clonmore, Tullamore, Co Offaly has refused the ESB access to her lands in order to protect the natural environment and the native trees that she has managed there for many years. read full story / add a comment
Occupying the machines in the site
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday August 31, 2011 22:28 by j debender   text 3 comments (last - monday september 05, 2011 21:07)   image 7 images   video 1 video file
On Wednesday 31st August at 8am 15 people entered Barrett’s quarry, just outside Bangor Erris in Co. Mayo and stopped work for the whole day, leaving at 5:30pm. Barrett’s is a subcontractor on the Corrib Gas Project, currently bringing truckloads of gravel and hardcore to Shell’s site in Aughoose. read full story / add a comment
morning tresspass
mayo / environment / news report Friday August 26, 2011 20:12 by j debender   text 2 comments (last - wednesday august 31, 2011 16:49)   image 10 images
Between lock-ons, mass trespasses, lorry climbing and a breach of security at Shell's refinery, this week brought a lot of people out protesting. Locals who haven't been out on the roads in years have come out this week, and momentum is building. read full story / add a comment
Early Morning arm tube lock on in solidarity with Broome community
mayo / environment / news report Friday August 26, 2011 18:54 by Frank   text 1 comment (last - monday august 29, 2011 10:01)   image 1 image
From 6.00am to 9.30am Friday 26th August, three campaigners occupied Aghoos Road, as part of the ongoing protests against the controversial Shell refinery at Bellinaboy. They formed a triangle in the middle of the road using a set of especially made arm-tubes. read full story / add a comment
IRMS security carrying people off site
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday August 24, 2011 08:04 by Frank   text 2 comments (last - thursday august 25, 2011 12:23)   image 7 images
Today 25 people from Rossport Solidarity Camp sustained a barrage of actions against the site Shell is preparing for its tunnel boring machine. Despite 80 security and three vans of gardaí they were unable to keeps the protesters out. In the chaos that ensued one person got through the lines to d-lock themselves to one of the diggers and remained up there stopping work for 4 hours. Elsewhere other diggers had to stop working as protestors approached. read full story / add a comment
Fight the pipe!
mayo / environment / news report Tuesday August 23, 2011 23:43 by j debender   image 3 images
Monday 22nd August at 6am, two people locked their arms into concrete barrels in the road between Shell's Ballinaboy refinery and the tunneling compound in Aughoose. The lock-on lasted for 7 hours, stopping all deliveries to the compound during that time.
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IRMS and Gardai working together
mayo / environment / news report Tuesday August 16, 2011 23:26 by j debender   text 3 comments (last - monday september 05, 2011 16:25)   image 13 images
Monday 15th August at 9am a group of 12 people went down to Shell's compound in Aughoose to stop work. Eventually Shell's private security (IRMS) and the Gardaí began working together to police the roads and protect deliveries of equipment to the compound. read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Saturday August 13, 2011 23:07 by Sparky   text 2 comments (last - monday august 15, 2011 22:31)   video 2 video files

The UNEP recently issued a report detailing the destructive effects of decades of Shell oil production activities in Ogoniland in Nigeria.

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Work stopped
mayo / environment / news report Thursday August 11, 2011 23:36 by j debender   text 3 comments (last - sunday august 14, 2011 16:48)   image 7 images
Between a mass trespass in the morning, someone blocking the road for 2 and ½ hours by climbing on top of a lorry, and a protest outside Shell's Ballinaboy refinery, Thursday 11th August was a day full of blocking Shell. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Wednesday August 10, 2011 15:45 by B   image 1 image

Work was halted at Bord na Mona's Shrahmore peat deposition siteon Monday August 8th by protesters from Rossport Solidarity Camp. From 11am up until 6pm four protesters prevented Barrett's and Lennon's quarry trucks from entering the site with road building gravel. Inside the compound, two of the protesters climbed up onto a digger in order to stop it proceeding with the road construction on the site.

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Bluegrass blockade
mayo / environment / news report Thursday August 04, 2011 23:24 by j debender   text 16 comments (last - monday august 08, 2011 13:56)   image 19 images
Between a concrete lock-on blocking the road for almost 4 hours and a bluegrass country band playing tunes in front of a Shell truck, Wednesday 3rd August was another impressive day of stopping Shell's work on the onshore pipeline of the Corrib Gas Project. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Wednesday August 03, 2011 17:27 by j debender   text 4 comments (last - wednesday august 03, 2011 23:04)   image 20 images
On Tuesday 2nd August Shell's work was halted for most of the day, only two tractors getting into the Aughoose compound by 3.30pm. There was a heavily increased garda presence with up to 40 guards being drafted in from Roscommon and elsewhere, and four arrests were made. read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Friday July 29, 2011 10:15 by Andrew   text 1 comment (last - friday july 29, 2011 11:35)

The Shell to Sea national day of action is now in progress in Erris with a WSM member at the scene reporting that all work has been stopped, several fences have been pulled down and up to 30 people are now occupying Shell's compound. This despite the deployment of large number of private security who along with Garda have assaulted campaigners in a failed attempt to stop them gaining access to the site.

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No we will not leave
mayo / environment / news report Friday July 29, 2011 00:16 by j debender   text 4 comments (last - monday august 01, 2011 20:50)   image 6 images   video 1 video file

From 7am to 7pm on Thursday, the road between Shell's Bellanaboy refinery and the Aughoose compound was virtually shut down by local residents and supporters from the Rossport Solidarity Camp. Between a person sat on top of a tractor and then a tripod in the morning, a blockade of the scaffolding company responsible for getting the tripod removed, then a mass of people blocking the road outside the refinery in the afternoon, it was a brilliantly successful day.

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Concrete lock-on
mayo / environment / news report Thursday July 28, 2011 15:49 by j debender   text 2 comments (last - thursday july 28, 2011 17:05)   image 5 images
On Wednesday 27th July two people locked their arms into a concrete barrel or 'lock-on,' blocking the road between Shell's Bellanaboy refinery and the tunnelling compound in Aughoose. This stretch of road has been the focus of the protests this week with protesters on bikes and on foot blocking tractors in addition to the tripods and lock-ons. read full story / add a comment
Tripod roadblock
mayo / environment / news report Tuesday July 26, 2011 11:35 by j debender   text 7 comments (last - tuesday july 26, 2011 21:21)   image 18 images
Monday 25th July Shell intended to begin constructing a permanent compound in Aughoose from which to begin laying the offshore pipeline. However in a statement to Midwest radio Shell commented that works had been 'severely impeded' on Monday. Between a 5½ hour tripod blockade in the morning and loads of protesters on bicycles and on foot, the roads remained shut down for quite a lot of the day. read full story / add a comment
IRMS blocking public road
mayo / environment / feature Sunday July 24, 2011 16:38 by j debender   text 4 comments (last - wednesday july 27, 2011 23:24)   image 8 images
Friday 22nd July Shell brought a digger and a port-a-cabin into the existing temporary compound in Aughoose. This is in preparation to start building a permanent compound in Aughoose from which they hope to start digging the tunnel for the pipeline which will connect Ballinaboy refinery to the 70 kms of offshore pipeline. They will come in full force on Monday 25th July, please come up to Mayo and show your support! A mass day of action is planned for Friday 29th July, but come up any time. read full story / add a comment
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