no events posted in last week
Israelis Say Theyâ€™ll Attack Iran If US... Tue Jan 26, 2021 17:25 | Dave DeCamp
Fauci Is the Highest Paid Employee in th... Tue Jan 26, 2021 16:25 | Adam Andrzejewski
The Jewish Orthodox Street Has Been Abla... Tue Jan 26, 2021 15:30 | Josh Breiner
WHO Finally Warns PCR Test Positives at ... Tue Jan 26, 2021 13:39 | Tyler Durden
200 Guardsmen Positive for COVID Since D... Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:35 | Meghann Myers
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Joe Biden-Administration may focus only on internal issues Tue Jan 26, 2021 18:37 | amarynth
by Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog Congratulations! Joe Biden has been taken oath as the 46th U.S. president, terminating one of the most intense political transitions in modern American
Xi reads the Multilateral Riot Act at Davos Tue Jan 26, 2021 15:55 | amarynth
by Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times The virtual Davos Agenda is finally on, from Monday to Friday this week, promoted by the World Economic
The Vicious Cycle Of Middle Eastern ?Diplomacy? Tue Jan 26, 2021 15:32 | amarynth
South Front In the Middle East, the proxy war between Israel and Iran is unfolding with full speed. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) targets various positions in Syria, allegedly damaging
Nasrallah: ?It was Iran?s Soleimani who convinced Putin to enter Syria war? Mon Jan 25, 2021 08:22 | amarynth
Original link: http://middleeastobse... Video link: https://www.youtube.c... Description: Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah recounts how assassinated Iranian General Qassim Soleimani held a two-hour long meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and convinced
American Dystopia ? The Propaganda Mask and the Utopia Syndrome Sun Jan 24, 2021 22:40 | amarynth
By Larry Romanoff for the Saker Blog In an article in the NYT on America’s “Racial Democracy” (or racist democracy), (1) Jason Stanley and Vesla Weaver noted “The philosopher Elizabeth
The Saker >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Mainstream media: Failing to speak truth to power
David Quinn’s selective tolerance Anthony
A Woulfe in judges clothing Anthony
Sarah McInerney and political impartiality Anthony
Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein? Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A Blog About Human Rights
Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights
Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights
Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights
Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights
US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights
Human Rights in Ireland >>
Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) update - you couldnt make it up...
Tuesday July 31, 2012 23:48 by really tired camper - Rossport Solidarity Camp rossportsolidaritycamp at gmail dot com 085 114 117 0
Right, a quick update from camp. The Tunnel Boring Machine is still stuck. Shell's contractors Roadbridge have been trying several different methods, but none working. Currently, it is believed the plan is to build up the road so local residents can get past, then use the main road to bring in cranes that can lift the truck in sections. However, there is resistance in the air...
Following on from previous stories...
Initially the Gardai closed off the entire road, making local residents and tourists sit in their cars without information - reaching us many tales of outright lies being told to people by Gardai who refuse to acknowledge it was anything to do with Shell. The people of Erris are not stupid.
The vast Gardai numbers which had been escorting the TBM vanished entirely from the area, presumably utterly exhausted from a whole night of being given the run around. They left four of their number to try and manage the traffic, which was by the afternoon slow and backed up, mostly as lorries from Lennon and Barretts quarries had started turning up with stone for the road building. Locals residents, already furious at the disruption and gardai rudeness towards them, came out of their houses and stopped the trucks, saying the TBM was simply not wanted.
The four Gardai were not up to the job, and mostly did what Roadbridge told them to - so when Roadbridge's foreman demanded the lorries come through side by side, gridlock ensued. Residents had to sort the Gardai's mess, redirecting traffic and lorries to clear the blockage.
More and more people started coming as radio and word of mouth carried the story, with people coming from across Mayo to stand in solidarity with friends and family. Doors were opened by the people of Glenamoy to those who came to stand in the rain against Shell.
Meanwhile, Mayo county council is bending over backwards to help Shell clear up their mess - all those grants seem to be coming useful after all. County manager Peter Hynes is not going to hold Shell responsible, so yet again the people are picking up Shell's bill. However, Shell did have to eat humble pie as the story spread, with the head of Shell Ireland having to issue an apology, or rather regretting the inconvenience. Not as much as the residents do.
Shell's security IRMS are now controlling a public road and deciding where residents can walk. This was challenged leading to some people being put in the ditch. Of course the Gardai stood in line with IRMS - really was impossible to tell them apart, but residents made it very clear that the road did not belong to Shell or its lackeys.
As ever, with these things, it is great to be in the midst of such community spirit and resistance.
It appears that Roadbridge are going to resume work after midnight, with the aim of shifting the listing truck tomorrow and taking it to Bellinaboy refinery (a change from going direct to the Aghoos compound), until more work can be done to strenghten the roads. We think the mighty Irish bog may be a bit tricker than that...
Camp is taking a rest - its been a long 36 hours for many people, though some are going to maintain a presence at the site of the fiasco. Other good news is that the two people arrested for the second lock-on have been released without charge. The first two are up in court in Ballina tomorrow.
One twitter captured it: http://pic.twitter.com/55lYSNpB
For images see http://www.shelltosea.com/content/pictures-tunnelling-m...namoy