You May Like This


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Rory Walsh, of Spire Productions, writes:

“You might be interested in this, especially with the Bellanaboy gas terminal just going into operation. We just had a short documentary broadcast on Telesur English (which is kind of the South American version of Al Jazeera English).”

“It focuses on the release of a compliation album Songs Of Solidarity which includes music written about and relating to the Rossport campaign whilst also giving a bit of background on the history of the campaign from some of the individuals involved (as much as was possible in a 13-minute documentary!). It was directed by myself and produced by Eamon de Staic.”

Previously: Meanwhile, In Mayo

Shelling Out Sweeteners

22 thoughts on “You May Like This

  1. newsjustin

    I admire what they’ve done recording the sounds for posterity. But I’m really looking forward to warming my toes with Corrib gas.

    1. Floodedout

      Burning natural gas contributes to global warming. A great irony if all the ~”unborn babies” you are trying to save were born only to drown in a natural disaster caused by an ability for everyone to give up fossil fuels.

      1. newsjustin

        Natural gas is the least carbon intensive fossil fuel and an important component of any transition to a zero-carbon future.

          1. Floodedout

            What like these?



            Natural gas is a fossil fuel. Using it increases global warming. It is interesting to see you are fine with using gas over coal because it less harmful but disagree with this same argument when used in the case of abortion.

            I’ll leave you to your witterings.

          2. newsjustin

            Yes. Natural gas is cleaner than coal, peat and oil. All of which we currently use to generate electricity and heat our homes. So, clearly, replacing coal, oil and peat with gas will begin to reduce our greenhouse emissions.

            (Abortion debate is…..thataway. …)

    2. Sam

      And how do you plan to purchase this gas? There’s no requirement for it to be supplied to the Irish Market. The dodgy deal that was struck allows them to export it all to the highest bidder, via a taxpayer funded interconnector.

      1. newsjustin

        It’ll be sold to suppliers on the UK market, which Ireland shares. The physics of natural gas transportation means Corrib gas will heat our homes.

        1. Sam

          Along with gas from Gazprom then…
          Nice to know that while the Kinsale field runs out, and we’re importing the stuff from the Russians, we didn’t put any clause in the contract to ensure security of supply.

          Here, have our gas for free sure, and sell it to whoever you like…

          Nothing would have prevented us from doing what Providence did in the Porcupine basin.
          They got an American company to do the drilling in return for a % share… they didn’t give it away to the company who drilled and tapped it.

          Grand little country all the same.

          1. newsjustin

            Of course, gas from a range of sources, including liquidised gas from the Middle East.

            There was nothing preventing us setting up a state body to produce it ourselves either. But a sensible government decision that balances risk with reward was applied.

            Ireland owns the gas. Shell are licenced to produce. We tax the profits.

          2. Sam

            ” But a sensible government decision that balances risk with reward was applied.”

            Nice buzzwords there. Lacking in objective facts though. This was the sweetest deal Shell could have hoped for. It was not balanced.

            There was nothing but corruption and toadying to a massive multinational that prevented the State from exploiting this gas in a way that economically benefitted the country and ensured a certain level of domestic supply.

            Agreeing to no royalties, no state share and massive tax write offs against profits, as well as funding the very interconnector that they can pipe all off abroad is not a ‘balanced sensible deal’.

            When ‘Sir’ Tony wanted his field tapped he didn’t pay to drill the holes, but INM newspapers constantly parroted the bogus argument that no exploration company would take the risk of drilling expensive holes with no guarantee of finding hydrocarbons… even though the Bean Baron knew this to exactly what they were willing to do for a slice of the find.

            That’s why his rags constantly villified Shell to Sea and praised the ‘sensible, balanced’ approach of the gombeens in Leinster House.

          3. newsjustin

            Sam, the licencing an tax regimes are applied to all projects and operators. That aren’t or weren’t bespoke to Shell, which only bought out Enterprise after the find was made.

            The Providence deal with ExxonMobil is a classic farm-out that almost all explorers – big and small do to decrease risk (and cover the cost of drilling exploratory wells). And why do they do it? Because the risk is too high and the cost astronomical.

            I note that ExxonMobil (as far as I’m aware) said they were stepping back from the Irish market after that drill……..clearly a resounding success.

            If the state had kept operational control for itself, there would never have been any well drilled.

          4. Sam

            Really, would you care to outline the reasons why the Irish Govt couldn’t have achieved the same terms as Providence did, especially as they would have being doing so before the exploration companies got cold feet about the Irish Market?

  2. Bobby

    Going to see for myself what was happening in Rossport and Glengad all those years ago was one of the most eyeopening, awe inspiring experiences I have ever been through and has been rarely matched by any other single event in my life. People I met there were some of the most wonderful, hard working, compassionate and ruthlessly intelligent individuals I’ve come across. And I think at this stage most people know at least some things about how the mechanisms of the state and vested interests managed to play out a completely different reality from what was actually happening in North Mayo, and how the narrative was framed around national and international implications of the ‘deal’ that was made.

    I hope more accurate and truthful information leaks out over the years. At the very least, it played it’s role most recently when trying to explain to people about what was happening around the resistance to the water tax; what people were actually doing and what people were hearing from official and sanctioned outlets. Of course this time around it was difficult to pigeon hole neighborhoods and towns all over the country, but when it was in the tiny little scenic community in Erris, then you could get away with anything. I’ve seen the police do things in Mayo that I sometimes don’t even bother telling people because it’s seems so unbelievable.

    Anyway, the centenary of Dev and God is upon us, so lets look to the future, or something to that affect.

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