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Dublin - Event Notice
Thursday January 01 1970

Shell to Sea Protest at Norwegian Embassy

category dublin | rights, freedoms and repression | event notice author Monday February 05, 2007 23:40author by Dublin Shell to Seaauthor email dublinshelltosea at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

Presentation of large cheque at the Embassy at 2.45PM

After the lunchtime talk in Trinity, Shell to Sea Activists from Dublin and Mayo will hand in a symbolic cheque to the Norwegian Embassy, to make the point that while the people of Ireland will gain nothing from the Corrib Scheme, the people of Norway, through thir country's part ownership of Statoil, will benefit from the exploitation of Irish resources.

The Norwegian Embassy is on Molesworth Street, opposite the Passport Office.
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Shell to Sea believes that the resources of Ireland belong to the people who live in Ireland, and profits from them should be used to build up infrastructure and services in Ireland, including investment in renewable energy.

author by Andypublication date Tue Feb 06, 2007 13:21author email futurenergy at eircom dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Deals can always be renegotiated or ripped up. In recent years Russia, Venezuela and Bolivia have all demanded ( and received) better deals from the transnational companies exploiting/developing their national fossil fuel deposits. The transnationals may not have liked it, but even when subjected to a 83% tax ( in Bolivia) they queued up to sign the new deal with the Bolivian Govt. In Russia, Shell were obliged to hand over a controlling interest to the Russia State company Gazprom.
These are models which Ireland can adopt when dealing with Shell, Statoil and Marathon Oil.

Regarding protests and demos , the weak link here is surely Statoil. Being partly publicly owned, they are much more subject to public opinion in their 'home' country. Perhaps all Dublin protests should be concentrated on blockading the Norwegian embassy?

author by Agit Properpublication date Tue Feb 06, 2007 14:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well-
Shell have thoughtfully set up a free phone number for us to ring. Now we can call them whenever we like and it doesn't cost a penny.
The number is 1800 201 525.

You can have a chat with them about the weather, or ask to speak to John Egan or Andy Pyle, or ask them questions about the Corrib Gas scheme, or Ken Saro Wiwa and the Ogoni Eight, or tell them about upcoming events (they might like to know about the fundraiser in Karma http://www.indymedia.ie/article/80828 ) or just leave the phone to one side while the receptionist talks into space... all the while you'll be costing Shell money, and tying up their phone lines.

If you don't want them to see the number you are calling from, add these codes to the number:

From a landline dial: 141 1800 201 525

from a mobile dial: #31# 1800 201 525

author by Josef Visaryonichpublication date Tue Feb 06, 2007 15:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I don't know about Norway- surely it's the IRISH GOVERNMENT who are the weak link in the chain, since they , specially Fianna Fail, need hundreds of thousands of ordinary Irish people to vote for them next May, or they won't have the power they crave to survive.

Once their supporters realise that the "Republican Party" is giving away billions of euros of our money while the sick wait on trollies, and ordinary working families can't afford to buy a house and raise their kids without commuting three or fours a day, maybe they'll figure out that the people in Rossport have a point?

author by Jumpopublication date Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Shell can write all their costs off against tax so the more the project is delayed the more the costs go up..... and the less tax the country will get from this project. Ireland is not Russia and we should be glad of that - the country cannot, should not and will not renege on past committments. The deal has been done and the only people this campaign is now hurting are the ordinary people who will gain less the longer this goes on. The protest is costing the Irish state millions in both policing costs and in lost tax revenue. Time to move on guys

author by Marlboro manpublication date Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Only the Irish Government is allowed renege on commitments it makes to its people right?

Simply putting up and shutting up is not the answer here. I would not urge anyone to roll over and play Fido because the government is messing up our taxes.

We should tear up this contract. Resource the drilling and refining ourselves and utilise an indigenous industry and enrich ourselves. We are already paying for it through tax rebates. Why nor get as much out of it as we can?

 
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