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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.

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

National Water Protest - Sat March 21st
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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
People occupying diggers in Glengad compound.
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Monday February 18, 2013 18:55 by rossport   text 1 comment (last - monday february 18, 2013 19:09)   image 9 images
Glengad compound invaded and work stopped for over 3 hours. Traffic control out of control. read full story / add a comment
view of Sruwaddacon Bay where Shell intend to put the pipe.
mayo / environment / news report Sunday February 17, 2013 18:16 by rossport   text 2 comments (last - monday february 18, 2013 10:43)   image 4 images
This last week has been another week of resistance to Shell controversial pipeline, with numerous truck blockades and disruption to workers. 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 Tuesday February 05, 2013 16:28 by S2S   text 4 comments (last - wednesday february 06, 2013 17:26)   image 2 images
After 30 meters the Tunnel Boring Machine got bored 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
mayo / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Friday January 11, 2013 23:09 by ron russ
How many times will U.S. elected Representatives of the U.S. House and Senate have to kiss Israel’s ass, and in how many ways, before “our” country will build a true national security team—that is one actually focused on U.S. security and not primarily on Israel’s? It is bad enough when Jewish-Americans politicians (with more substantive allegiance to Israel than the U.S.) like junior Senator Ben Cardin for Maryland, claiming his decision on whether Chuck Hagel will be a good Secretary of Defense resides on whether he is onboard with Israel’s/AIPAC’s agenda of having war with Israel’s enemy Iran (at least as backup force); or NY Senator Chuck Schumer equivocating about not “feeling” comfortable with voting for Hagel because of some of Hagel’s past attitudes; but even more so with suck-ups like Lindsey Graham giving about the best ass-kissing one could expect (to think some confederates once had some principle of pride and independence).
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Shell blocking the road earlier this year
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday December 12, 2012 22:09 by RSC   image 1 image
Today in Belmullet district court Shell and Mayo County Council stood co-accused in a case for blocking the road during the disastrous attempt to deliver the Tunnel Boring Machine to Shell's tunnelling site at Aughoose in August this year. The co-accused settled out of court with the plaintiff and had the case struck out before the details were made public. read full story / add a comment
Hold up on the L1202 - Corrib project halted
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Tuesday December 11, 2012 20:38 by RSC   image 2 images
Yesterday morning 8 campaigners from the Rossport Solidarity Camp blocked workers from entering Shells main work site for the Corrib Pipeline project for 2 hours. A second action later in the day halted work at the Glengad compound, where Shell are expanding their compound to build a landfall valve. read full story / add a comment
Occupy Glengad
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
Outside Gate 1 with the new crosses
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
Lock-on at Gate 1of refinery
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Saturday October 13, 2012 00:19 by Shelver   text 3 comments (last - tuesday october 30, 2012 18:15)   image 4 images
On Thursday night Shell's efforts to move parts of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) critical to the Corrib gas project hit another delay as protesters blocked the main gate of the refinery site with a concrete lock-on. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday September 18, 2012 17:48 by mary   text 13 comments (last - thursday september 27, 2012 15:19)   image 10 images
Last night Enda Kenny met with Mary Robinson for an evening soiree in Ballina Arts Centre to launch her new book. The title of her memoir, ‘Everybody Matters’ was a ironic reminder of the silence maintained by Robinson on the human rights abuses associated with Shell’s Corrib Gas project. Since 2002 Shell have been operating less than 35 miles away from her home in Ballina and over that time human rights concerns have been documented by international human rights organisations including Frontline Defenders (“Breakdown of Trust: a Report on the Corrib Gas Dispute http://ww.frontlinedefenders.org/files/en/corrib_gas_re...t.pdf). read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Thursday September 13, 2012 12:23 by Y   text 1 comment (last - thursday september 13, 2012 12:25)   image 7 images
On Monday (10th Sept) Members of Rossport Solidarity Camp and Shell to Sea, occupied the steps of Knockranny hotel, to show their outrage with Fine Gael TD’s for turning a blind eye to the plight of a small rural community at the hands of Shell’s tyrants.

Monday saw a group of protesters- equipped with banners- braving the early morning drizzle at the gates of Knockranny Hotel Westport, where Fine Gael planned to have a party ‘Think-in’ later on that day. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Tuesday September 04, 2012 21:42 by C   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 04, 2012 21:52)   image 15 images
From the 10th to 16th of August, Rossport Solidarity Camp hosted it's 3rd wind turbine building course. You can read a report of the first one here: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/95731. As the 3 previous turbines that were built are still going strong (and powering both the camp and camp house), this year it was decided to go for something bigger and more challenging. This year it's was decided to build a 4.2 metre turbine that is planned eventually to be connected to the grid at the house of a local Shell to Sea campaigner. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / miscellaneous / news report Monday August 27, 2012 13:07 by Volunteer support   text 1 comment (last - monday august 27, 2012 21:03)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
The community in Erris, Co. Mayo is under siege. Here Betty Schult, a local resident, speaks about what life is like under Shell occupation.
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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
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Saturday August 04, 2012 13:45 by resting camper   text 14 comments (last - friday august 10, 2012 11:34)   image 1 image
An account of Friday's events on the day the tunnel boring machine was moved. read full story / add a comment
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday August 02, 2012 12:07 by resting camper   text 12 comments (last - saturday august 04, 2012 17:01)   image 5 images
Day three and things are still looking bad for Shell. Protesters and the Irish bog have the upper hand, with Shell receiving flack and Gardai humbled as crane sent packing. read full story / add a comment
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