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Irish political representatives shamefully abstain in crucial UN vote on Gaza

Ireland and 16 other EU countries abstained from the UN Human Rights Council resolution to set up a commission of inquiry into Gaza. Apparently over "concerns that the draft text was unbalanced, inaccurate and prejudges the outcome of the investigation." The resolution was approved with 29 votes in favour, one against (the United States) and 17 abstentions. More details see here
Ireland's ambassador to the UN Patricia O'Brien today said Ireland had
"a very valid reason not to support the resolution."
Yeah right Patricia, and the reason was our masters in the US embassy told us not to vote in favour and our spineless politicians meekly obeyed.

Update 03/08/2014:Just hours after an attack on a United Nations-operated school took the lives of 20 civilians last week, the US announced it would resupply Israeli military with new ammunition to further their campaign on the war-ravaged city. Only several days later, the US Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure to grant Israel $225 million in additional funding to boost the country’s missile defense capabilities. "

UPDATE 12th August: So far Israel has killed over 1949 Palestinians including
449 children. 9891 injured, including over 3000 children.
This count is increasing by the hour.

For a list of all names, see http://www.imemc.org/article/68429
- the website of the International Middle East Media Center.

mayo / rights and freedoms / news report Tuesday September 14, 2010 22:44 by Lulu   text 1 comment (last - wednesday september 15, 2010 00:25)   video 1 video file
The Bord Pleannala oral hearing saga continued today in Bellmullet at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, looking at the Compulsory Acquisition Orders of the present project application of the Shell Corrib Gas proposed estuary pipeline route, as well as various other aspects of the project. The various concerns raised by local objectors and the Rossport Solidarity Camp were not appeased by Shell's experts, and the question of whether the project was in 'the public interest' was once again raised by Mr Leo Mulrooney, Barrister for local land owners. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights and freedoms / news report Monday September 13, 2010 19:06 by jen debender   text 4 comments (last - tuesday september 14, 2010 14:26)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
Local residents gathered at the Shell office in Belmullet early Monday morning to serve a Compulsory Acquisition Order (CAO) on Shell’s property and to prevent Shell workers from entering the building. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Friday September 10, 2010 21:13 by RSC   text 4 comments (last - sunday september 12, 2010 20:16)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
Last Wednesday protesters disrupted Shell's work as they moved one of their hideous drilling rigs into a shallow part of the SAC estuary, close to the Rossport solidarity camp. Protesters used kayaks to get to the rig which was flanked by fourteen boats of I-RMS security and Gardai. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Friday September 10, 2010 20:36 by Shell to Hell   text 1 comment (last - thursday september 16, 2010 12:08)   image 3 images
Whilst the Oral Hearing on Shell's pipeline route continues, the last few weeks have seen yet more successful actions against the borehole drilling in the Special Area of Conservation Sruwaddacon estuary. read full story / add a comment
Occupying IRMS
mayo / environment / news report Saturday August 28, 2010 18:17 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 2 comments (last - saturday august 28, 2010 18:37)   image 14 images
A week of acions surrounding BEAT THE BOREHOLES campaign 6 actions in 5 days. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Tuesday August 24, 2010 00:35 by jen debender   text 7 comments (last - tuesday august 24, 2010 12:10)   image 16 images
Work was stopped for about three hours on Monday afternoon when people walked out at low tide and got under Shell's drilling platform. read full story / add a comment
John Gormley supporting the Rossport Five in 2005
mayo / environment / press release Wednesday August 18, 2010 19:44 by Stop Shell Hell in Mayo   image 1 image
The 30th of August is the deadline for submissions to Minister for the Environment, John Gormley on Shell's plans to tunnel under Sruwaddacon Estuary which is designated a Special Area of Conservation.

The tunnel will be....

* 4.9 kilometers long
* 4.2 meters in diameter
* 15 months of tunnelling
* 24 hour a day tunnelling
* 944 truck movements a day at peak construction
* 68,000 m3 of material removed
* 2.5 km of 3m high fencing
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Lone kayaker surrounded but still Beating The Boreholes!
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday August 18, 2010 14:23 by FSB!   text 2 comments (last - wednesday august 18, 2010 19:19)   image 6 images
Yesterday lunchtime, nine kayakers from Rossport Solidarity Camp, with their team of volunteers and local campaigners in support roles on dry land, successfully interrupted Shell's borehole survey drilling programme in Sruth Fhada Conn for several hours yesterday. read full story / add a comment
Dolphins in Broadhaven Bay
mayo / environment / news report Tuesday August 17, 2010 12:34 by JM   text 3 comments (last - tuesday august 17, 2010 12:54)   image 20 images
Several times a day there is a mini convoy that shoots back and forth between Ballyglass and Rossport, and this traffic intensifies at knocking-off time in the evening. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / miscellaneous / news report Friday August 13, 2010 19:30 by RSC   text 4 comments (last - friday august 20, 2010 21:02)   image 5 images
Yesterday people from the local community of Pullathomas and Rossport and Solidarity campers lead by the rousing sound of a visiting bagpiper and drummer, returned to one of Shell's drilling rigs, gaining access at low tide across the exposed sand bars of Sruwaddacon bay. On arriving at the rig a number of people surrounded the drill casing and danced around it before forming a tight huddle to prevent any further work occurring. Meanwhile others held a large banner and occupied the area while children played in the sand. read full story / add a comment
Community Walk Out
mayo / rights and freedoms / press release Wednesday August 11, 2010 15:52 by Shell to Sea   text 8 comments (last - friday september 10, 2010 20:01)   image 10 images
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.

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strategy meeting
mayo / environment / news report Monday August 09, 2010 14:38 by RSC   text 2 comments (last - thursday august 12, 2010 21:18)   image 5 images
Yesterday at about 2.30pm Shell began to lower "Jack - 1" - one of two survey barges currently in Sruth Fhada Chonn estuary SAC (Special Area of Protection) - in order to tug it to another part of the estuary.

The Rossport Solidarity Camp was ready and willing to claim free passage of the public estuary and in the process upset the operation. Over a dozen Shell security boats and two Garda RIBS couldn't keep the 6 kaykers out, with two of them reaching the moving barge after an hour and a half of chase.
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mayo / environment / news report Friday August 06, 2010 16:24 by RSC   text 3 comments (last - wednesday august 11, 2010 19:36)   image 5 images
Campers go out before 7am and successfully prevent workers from accessing the drilling platforms. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Wednesday August 04, 2010 23:00 by R & S   text 2 comments (last - saturday august 07, 2010 14:34)   image 10 images
This morning 11 people from Rossport Solidarity Camp waded and kayaked out from the camp to again delay Shell’s survey work in Sruwaddacon Estuary. Overall drilling work was stopped for over 5 hours, with one person climbing up one of the legs of the drilling platforms. Several people also attached themselves to the 2 outer drilling poles which are under the platforms.
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mayo / environment / news report Saturday July 31, 2010 23:14 by Stop Shell Hell in Mayo   text 1 comment (last - tuesday august 03, 2010 16:45)
On Wed 28th July a delegation of residents handed in their objections to An Bord Pleanála and Eamon Ryan regarding Shell's latest plan to put a raw gas pipeline close to homes and through the Special Protected Area (SPA) of Sruwaddacon estuary. read full story / add a comment
Stop Shell destroying Sruwaddacon Bay
mayo / environment / news report Saturday July 31, 2010 22:52 by Stop Shell Hell in Mayo   image 1 image
Gormley was quite happy to not grant a foreshore licence for the Poolbeg incinerator in his own constituency, but seems set to allow Shell to put the health and safety of the community in Erris at risk and destroy a Special Area of Conservation. If Gormley is seeking to renegotiate on Poolbeg and withhold the granting of a foreshore licence, why can't he do the same with Shell?
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mayo / environment / news report Friday July 30, 2010 17:35 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   image 6 images
10 people from the Rossport solidarity camp delayed Shell’s survey work for the dangerous and experimental Corrib gas pipeline yesterday. The campaigners waded out to one of the rigs drilling boreholes in the Sruwaddacon estuarythe rig at high tide, fixed rope around the legs of the rig, and occupied the space underneath it to prevent the being moved to a new site. Work was delayed for around two hours. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 26, 2010 18:30 by Cat   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 28, 2010 04:01)   image 1 image
Around 150 people came to Mayo's first street feast last weekend in Kilcommon Parish. read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / press release Sunday July 25, 2010 13:41 by Stop Shell
Below you can find the two community submissions
1. against Shell's EIS pipeline application.
2. against Shell's application for Compulsory Acquisition Orders

Feel free to print off and send as your own or write your own version.
Deadline is this WED 28th July 5.30pm.
Case reference: PL16 .GA0004 read full story / add a comment
Beat the Boreholes!!
mayo / rights and freedoms / news report Wednesday July 21, 2010 15:23 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 4 comments (last - saturday july 24, 2010 10:09)   image 7 images
Beat the Boreholes continued yesterday with a walk on the strands of the estuary in the evening and leisurely paddle out earlier in the afternoon.

Members of the local community walked close to the drilling barges at low tide and showed their opposition to Shell's willingness to destroy Sruwaddacon estuary. The estuary is not only a Special Area of Conservation and Special Protected Area – it has been an integral part of live in the community for generations. Despite this Minister Gormley has given the go-ahead for Shell to damage it. read full story / add a comment
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