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mayo / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Tuesday February 10, 2015 22:03 by pbp
Fine Gael National Conference 2 DAY PROTEST In CASTLEBAR - Send This Government A Message

Come and make as much noise as possible and send the government a message!

FRIDAY - Meeting at The Royal Theatre & Event Centre, The Old Westport Road, Castlebar, Mayo at 5PM

SATURDAY - Meeting at The Royal Theatre & Event Centre at 12.30PM read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday February 04, 2015 15:33 by james   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 04, 2015 19:29)
Shell protester given suspended sentence after Pullathomas protest read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / other press Monday August 25, 2014 23:37 by Anti-fracking   image 1 image
The Mayo Advertiser carried an article on fracking on Aug 22nd. See below.

Mayo needs to wake up to the reality that the controversial method of extracting natural gas from rock — known as fracking — could soon become a major issue in the county.

That is according to two local Sinn Féin representatives who this week urged the public and political representatives to call on the Government to make its position on fracking clear because a number of Mayo townlands in the Swinford and Charlestown areas have long been flagged as possible fracking sites. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 21, 2014 00:09 by C   text 3 comments (last - monday july 21, 2014 00:21)   image 16 images
On Friday the 11th July, people started gathering for the art weekend in which murals and new campaign banner and signs were prepared. Straight away work on the house with the mural “The struggle goes on” was started along with the sign on the roof which reads “Strength in Community”.

Saturday wasn’t suitable for outside work so after a fair while designing what the signs should say, work commenced at a shed which we were kindly given the use of for the weekend. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / crime and justice / news report Sunday July 20, 2014 22:46 by Court reporter   image 2 images
On Wednesday 9th July, 6 Corrib campaigners appeared in Belmullet District court to answer charges as a result of their opposition to Shell. While the following Friday John Monaghan appeared in Castlebar Circuit Court, where he was appealing a conviction of obstruction and careless driving outside Shell's Aughoose compound. read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / news report Wednesday June 11, 2014 12:23 by Andrew   text 2 comments (last - monday june 16, 2014 01:39)
Almost two years after Shell smuggled their Tunnel Boring Machine out of Dublin port in the middle of the night, and then spent 3 days meeting resistance across the country before getting stuck in the bog, they removed it from Erris Monday night. read full story / add a comment
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Friday May 02, 2014 10:30 by Rossport Solidarity Camp
To: Former participants/members of the Rossport Solidarity Camp, potential future volunteers, all who wish to work in solidarity for social, environmental and economic justice in the struggle against the Shell Corrib Gas Project.

We invite you to a meeting to review the current status of the solidarity movement and discuss how we can best continue our work into the future. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / event notice Wednesday April 30, 2014 18:29 by Fracking Free Ireland   image 1 image
Hopefully you have seen invitation already but if not you are very, very warmly invited to a gathering called ‘Protecting Place’ which will take place on May 17th in Inver, Co. Mayo.

Please spread the word about this event if you can. If you can invite people who might not hear about it online or by email that would be fantastic. If you can put up poster or two where you live that would be brilliant too.

Full programme is nearly ready, with more details about travel and accommodation read full story / add a comment
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mayo / sci-tech / event notice Wednesday January 08, 2014 22:08 by E   text 1 comment (last - sunday january 12, 2014 17:18)   image 1 image
15th & 16th February 2014, Pollathomais, Erris, Co. Mayo read full story / add a comment
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mayo / crime and justice / news report Tuesday December 17, 2013 08:27 by Court Reporter   text 5 comments (last - saturday december 21, 2013 14:49)   image 10 images   video 1 video file
Recently appointed Judge Faughnan presided over this month's district court session at Belmullet. Two Shell to Sea related cases were finalised resulting in one campaigner avoiding conviction by receiving the benefit of the probation act and another - local Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway - being convicted and fined E200.
When the Belmullet District court session opened on Wednesday morning there were seven campaigners due to appear in court on charges arising from the ongoing imposition of, and protest against, the Shell Corrib gas project in North West Mayo.
Shell Santa also made an appearance at court bearing gives of alcohol but the Gardaí didn't seem too happy for him to visit them in such a public setting. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / crime and justice / news report Thursday December 05, 2013 01:09 by C   text 2 comments (last - friday december 20, 2013 13:22)   image 6 images
Last Saturday week (23rd Nov) in Inver Community Hall, the 2013 Peoples' Forum was held entitled "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who Polices the Police?.

The speakers at the event were Clare Daly TD and Mick Wallace TD, who spoke about the recent penalty points controversy and efforts to reform policing accountability. While Hilary D'Arcy who is doing a doctorate in policing focusing on Corrib spoke on policy accountability and politicisation of the police force and argued that increases in police accountability mainly arise from pressure from social movements. The days events were chaired by Sue Gogan
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday November 19, 2013 02:26 by Erris Local   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 21, 2013 14:32)   image 2 images
Come to the people's forum at Inver Community Center on Saturday 23rd November at 10.30am. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday November 15, 2013 13:09 by Rossport Solidarity Reporter   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
Judge Denis McLoughlin presided over yesterdays monthly sitting of Belmullet district court. Amongst the defendants were 5 people up on charges because of their opposition to the Shell Corrib gas project. Of the Shell related cases only one was heard, resulting in John Monaghan being convicted and fined E350 and disqualified from driving for one year. Of particular note in this case was that some of the evidence that was used to convict Mr Monaghan, came from Sgt Dermot Butler, who was one of the named Gardaí that a former Shell subcontractor claimed helped to transfer the alcohol that he delivered to Belmullet Garda station on behalf of Shell. Also of particular note was that one IRMS security guard also confirmed that IRMS had a practice of profiling certain members of the local community and other campaigners.

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mayo / environment / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 16, 2013 09:32 by Confused Local   text 1 comment (last - friday october 18, 2013 21:37)
The controversial Shell Corrib gas pipeline project in Co Mayo has suffered a "major" setback after the Commercial Court today granted an order quashing the revised licence issued for the Shell gas terminal at Ballinaboy.

It appears to be a convenient coincidence for shell that this revised licence granted just as this years offshore work began, and was quashed just as the offshore work was complete!
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mayo / crime and justice / news report Saturday September 21, 2013 15:47 by Shelver   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Judge Gibbons presided over this months district court in Belmullet. The courtroom was packed with supporters of the 8 Corrib defendants, but none of their cases were heard on the day. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday September 12, 2013 02:41 by Naoise   text 3 comments (last - friday september 20, 2013 13:50)   image 11 images
Following recent articles in both The Observer and The Sunday Times newspapers about Shell's use of a sub-contractor to deliver van loads of booze to Belmullet police station, a further delivery awaited Shell's cops yesterday morning as they went into the monthly Belmullet District Court session.

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mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday September 04, 2013 08:42 by ags   text 4 comments (last - saturday january 03, 2015 22:21)   image 3 images
To Sue:
Sgt James Gill (retired) is threatening Pat “The Chief” O'Donnell with bankruptcy over the defamation case, in which Gill's former classmate, Judge Margaret Heneghan awarded him €33,000 plus legal costs. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / photo-essay Saturday August 31, 2013 18:03 by Shelver   text 6 comments (last - saturday august 31, 2013 19:10)   image 31 images
Project Overview
On a physical level the Corrib project comprises of a gas refinery 8km inland at Ballinaboy, an offshore section of pipeline 80km long from the beach at Glengad to the Corrib field 80km to the west under the Atlantic, and the 8km of onshore pipeline between the two, which is currently under construction.
The infrastructure of the project is spread over this area, while the secondary support infrastructure of roads and quarries etc extends further out.

Two of the images are from a Shell planning application, with some more detail of the project overlaid, to give context to the photographs that follow. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 15, 2013 01:11 by Shell to Sea   text 1 comment (last - monday july 15, 2013 01:20)   image 8 images   video 1 video file
-- Local community forced to act after State agencies ignore danger -- read full story / add a comment
mayo / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Tuesday July 02, 2013 23:30 by anti-war   text 1 comment (last - thursday july 04, 2013 00:52)   image 1 image
Margaretta is due to attend Ennis District Court on July 10th 2013 at 10.30am, to face the totally absurd charge that she

“DID INTERFERE WITH THE PROPER USE OF THAT AIRPORT BY GOING ON THE RUNWAY WITHOUT PERMISSION.”

In fact, Margaretta and Niall went on the runway to prevent the IMPROPER use of that civilian airport. And on July 10th Margaretta will represent her views on this matter – without the need of a lawyer – by showing that Shannon’s civilian airport has been IMPROPERLY transformed into a US military base in contravention of Bunreacht na hÉireann and numerous international human rights conventions, including the Convention against Torture. To back up her argument she will arrive at the court with two wheelbarrow loads of hard evidence and a selection of dictionaries to help determine the meaning of the “PROPER”. read full story / add a comment
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