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Pat & Jonathan O'Donnell Arrested and Boats Commandeered by Gardai As Solitaire's Arrival Imminent

category mayo | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Thursday June 25, 2009 11:09author by FSB! et al - Rossport Solidarity Camp Report this post to the editors

Fishermen arrested for the crime of fishing in Broadhaven Bay

In a reprise of last year's repeated arrests on the waters of Broadhaven Bay, Shell's Gardai have arrested Pat 'the Chief' O'Donnell and his son Jonathan while they were fishing in Broadhaven Bay this morning. Their two boats were commandeered by Gardai and brought to Ballyglass pier under tow and naval escort. Gardai claim that the two boats were 'loitering', the new term for criminalising fishermen exercising their rights to fish in their native waters. Pat's brother Martin is currently still on the water in the bay fishing in his boat. Meanwhile the Solitaire is less than an hour away from arriving off Glengad.
Shell's Gardai blocking access to public beach this morning - 1
Shell's Gardai blocking access to public beach this morning - 1

Earlier this morning Pat and Jonathan O'Donnell were arrested by Gardai while exercising their right to fish in Broadhaven Bay, waters that Pat and his family have fished for five generations. Gardai boarded the O'Donnells' two vessels, arrested the men for 'loitering', and brought their vessels under tow and naval escort to the nearby pier at Ballyglass. All this happened while Pat and his boat was under Garda 'protection'. Jonathan has been taken to Ballina Garda station, but there is no word as yet of where Pat is detained. Pat's brother Martin is still fishing in the bay at the time of writing.

In another development, a mixed group of thirty-five regular and public order Gardai have taken up a position on the beach adjacent to the Rossport Solidarity Camp, presumably in an attempt to prevent actions happening on the water today. When the Gardai were asked by campers and locals what lawful authority they had to do this they were not answered by any Garda.

The pipe-laying ship the Solitaire is due to arrive in Broadhaven Bay in an hour or so, as of the time of writing. The arrest of the fishermen and their processing by Gardai in distant stations is a blatant attempt to facilitate Shell's project works in the bay with every underhanded method at their disposal. If there ever was a time to get to Mayo to support this community fighting back against state corruption and corporate greed it is now!

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Shell's Gardai blocking access to the public beach this morning - 2
Shell's Gardai blocking access to the public beach this morning - 2

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Gardai Spokespersons     observer    Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:55 
   Latest from Glengad     anarchaeologist    Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:02 
   Remember last year     Andrew    Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:03 
   Press Release     Shell to Sea Erris    Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:06 
   Latest a'shore...     anarchaeologist    Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:17 
   constitution     krossie    Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:37 
   Permits for travelling public roads     John    Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:37 
   Loitering in the Atlantic Ocean?     Seán Ryan    Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:39 
   Navy     jack tar    Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:40 
 10   Martin O'Donnell under threat of Section 8     FSB!    Thu Jun 25, 2009 13:31 
 11   Shell should pay some of the protesters     Observer    Thu Jun 25, 2009 13:51 
 12   you can't be serious     trixie    Thu Jun 25, 2009 13:52 
 13   Disgraceful     Supporter    Thu Jun 25, 2009 14:28 
 14   Getting news on the wires     Wing    Thu Jun 25, 2009 14:30 
 15   When democracy is denied then the only result will be violence     old codger    Thu Jun 25, 2009 15:09 
 16   true old codger...     gphs    Thu Jun 25, 2009 15:35 
 17   The best stories money can buy!     krossie    Thu Jun 25, 2009 15:38 
 18   Updates from Erris this afternoon.     FSB!    Thu Jun 25, 2009 16:12 
 19   The weakest link     James Kelly    Thu Jun 25, 2009 16:51 
 20   Garda Protect Shell Again     Malachy Steenson    Thu Jun 25, 2009 17:03 
 21   sad o s     keano    Thu Jun 25, 2009 18:45 
 22   More Shell boats and planes about in Erris - more updates     FSB!    Thu Jun 25, 2009 18:46 
 23   Can we not do anything workable on the Eastern Front ?     James Kelly    Thu Jun 25, 2009 19:03 
 24   Solitaire poised to enter Broadhaven Bay.     Niall    Thu Jun 25, 2009 21:46 
 25   Audio: Interview with Fin at the camp     Andrew    Thu Jun 25, 2009 22:01 
 26   Late updates and photos     FSB!    Thu Jun 25, 2009 22:38 
 27   Eastern front     Marc Spring    Thu Jun 25, 2009 23:58 
 28   At what point will this ever stop?     Local but not from here    Fri Jun 26, 2009 00:45 
 29   Why am I paying a TV license??     Billy idle    Fri Jun 26, 2009 01:25 
 30   tallyhoh     by george    Fri Jun 26, 2009 01:59 
 31   Solitaire flees Shell to Sea Kayakers     C    Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:50 
 32   Good idea Billy Idle     old codger    Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:52 
 33   Tax strike     John B    Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:34 
 34   nice one     krossie    Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:48 
 35   "We are still dominated by Journalism (i.e. Main Stream Media Spin)"     Boadicea    Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:59 
 36   Nigeria all over again     Bernadette    Fri Jun 26, 2009 18:47 
 37   tv licence     D Mammy    Fri Jun 26, 2009 19:58 
 38   We cant let this be another Nigeria and let Shell murder with impunity     old codger    Fri Jun 26, 2009 20:01 
 39   show solidarity     lulu    Fri Jun 26, 2009 21:56 
 40   Brilliant     peter odonnell    Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:59 
 41   Latest tweets     twit    Sat Jun 27, 2009 15:16 
 42   Harkins position     Redneck    Sat Jun 27, 2009 16:43 
 43   Harkins position     Miss Ionary    Sat Jun 27, 2009 18:03 
 44   MSM's Weapons of Mass Deception     Marc Spring    Sun Jun 28, 2009 19:29 
 45   MSM's Weapons of Mass Deception     James Kelly    Sun Jun 28, 2009 19:47 
 46   Y     SHELL TO SEA    Tue Jun 30, 2009 00:45 

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