Commenting on the allegations, the Garda press office last night issued a short statement: “On the 7th December, 2011, allegations were made to the district officer at Belmullet that alcohol was distributed to members of An Garda Síochána on behalf of Shell E&P. Inquiries conducted in relation to these allegations found no evidence of alcohol being distributed to members of An Garda Síochána by, or on behalf of, Shell E&P.”
See what they did there?
Garda says no evidence of Corrib alcohol being distributed (Tim O’Brien, Irish Times)
Gardai deny gas firm gave them alcohol worth €35k (Paul Melia, Irish Independent)
Earlier: A Limerick A Day
Previously: Shell Gave €35,000 Of Alcohol To Belmullet Gardaí
File pic: Gardai on the beach at Glengal, Co Mayo, in 2009
Currently incarcerated Shell to Sea campaigner Liam Heffernan.
From The Rossport Solidarity Campaign
Last Wednesday Liam Heffernan – a campaigner from the Rossport Solidarity Camp – was arrested at Aughoose, County Mayo under sections 8 and 9 of the Public Order Act for allegedly obstructing Shell construction vehicles without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.
At Belmullet Garda station Mr. Heffernan was offered to enter into a bail bond with the condition that he stay away from the Shell tunnelling compound at Aughoose.
After refusing this condition, he was remanded to Catlerea prison, Co. Roscommon for two days until the court sat on Friday morning last.
On Monday Liam Heffernan began a hunger strike in protest against his continued detention in Castlerea prison.
In Harristown Court, Castlerea… Mr. Heffernan accepted to enter into the bail conditions set out by the Judge and to appear before Belmullet District Court on the July 10.
The Judge however found problems with Mr. Heffernan’s signature and remanded the campaigner in custody until the next sitting of Harristown court.
Today [Thursday], marks Liam’s ninth day in prison and fourth day on hunger strike.
Supporters of Liam are invited to attend Harristown Court, Castlerea, tomorrow, Friday the 21st of June at 10.30am.
Corrib campaigner on hunger strike in Castlerea prison (Rossport Solidarity Campaign)
Pic: Rossport Solidarity Campaign
Broadhaven Bay within the past 30 minutes.
Shell to Sea sez:
Shell are laying the umbilical for pipeline – Six kayaks just gone out to show them they are not welcome in Broadhaven Bay [Co Mayo]. Shell security acting without lawful authority and have sunk one kayak so far…
Thanks Mark Malone
For the first time.
All the known prospects and discoveries in Irish territory, with tables listing the relevant exploration companies’ own estimates for how much oil and gas these licensed areas contain.
From Dublin Shell to Sea:
Oil and gas under the areas of Ireland’s seabed already licensed to private companies is worth more than €1,600 billion (€1.6 trillion), according to the companies’ own estimates.
This research reveals the true extent of exploration in our waters. The total of the estimates issued by exploration companies for their licensed areas in Irish territory is 20,964 million (i.e. almost 21 billion) barrels of oil equivalent and belies the oil industry’s repeated claims that Ireland’s offshore is an “unproven territory” with scant exploration taking place.
Liquid Assets (Dublin Shell to Sea)
Thanks William Hederman
An editorial in The Western People
Ten years ago this summer An Bord Pleanála issued a preliminary judgement on the Corrib gas project. In a letter to the then developers, Enterprise Energy Ireland (later Shell E&P Ireland), the planning appeals board claimed that the proposed terminal at Ballinaboy in North Mayo might be prejudicial to the health and safety of local residents and urged the applicant to investigate alternative locations. Among the possible sites mooted was the then vacant Asahi plant on the outskirts of Killala.
A few weeks after receiving the letter from An Bord Pleanála, Shell E&P Ireland engaged in excavation work at Glengad Beach, the proposed site of the pipeline landfall. Later that summer, this newspaper published remarks from Fianna Fáil Junior Minister Frank Fahey who claimed that a failure to grant planning permission for the Ballinaboy terminal would be “a most detrimental blow to the economic development of the north-west and Co Mayo in particular”.
A year earlier, Fahey, in his capacity as Minister for Marine and Natural Resources, had contacted Mayo Co Council to insist he be informed of the local authority’s decision on the Corrib project before it was made public. Many people perceived the minister as exercising undue influence on a planning process that was supposed to be independent.
Via Shell To Sea
(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
‘The Hand of God’ by Annie West.
Earlier: Stuck Truck Still Stuck In Muck
No, pull it out.
New Pictures From Mayo (ShellToSea)
‘Fionnuala’ at Glenamoy Cross, Co Mayo,
That wouldn’t be a special conservation area of interest by any chance?
Via The Pipe Film