Shell and their partners will prevail in their endeavors so long as they have the elected authorities in Ireland, along with local law enforcement, in their ‘hip pocket’.
Comment by a former employee of Shell Oil USA
Political & Corporate Corruption in Ireland
I have been doing some reading and familiarizing myself with the Corrib gas project controversy. The real issue here is not really the pipeline or the route of the pipeline. That is just a local focal point of protest, and a distraction from the real and much larger issue.
The real fundamental issue here is how the Irish government proceeds with the exploitation and development of Ireland’s considerable hydrocarbon resources to the maximum benefit of the Irish people themselves.
It is readily apparent that if the Irish people are truly unhappy with the way the government has handled the situation (and they should be), then they are probably going to have to give their elected officials the ‘boot’, and replace them with individuals who will be responsive to the will of the Irish people.
The Irish can protest all they want, write as many letters of complaint they want, etc., but nothing will happen until and unless the elected government of Ireland responds on their behalf. Shell and their partners will prevail in their endeavors so long as they have the elected authorities in Ireland, along with local law enforcement, in their ‘hip pocket’.
And if those elected officials want to ‘give away’ the natural resources of Ireland they will do so, and to the benefit of ‘big oil’. On this issue it is quite clear the Irish government has ‘bent over’ and let big oil ‘bugger’ the the Irish people. Big oil knows how to buy off governmental officials, corrupt governments, and rape small countries of their natural resources, and they are clearly in the process of doing a pretty good job of it in Ireland.
Ireland and the Irish were an impoverished and exploited country and people for centuries. The Easter Rising was the beginning of the end of ‘colonial’ political exploitation and led to eventual independence a few years later.
However, the Irish are still being exploited, this time economically and by big oil. But it is Irish people who themselves must rectify the situation, and the only way to do that is through a change in governmental policy. That probably will require a change in their government. Until there is a change in governmental policy, Royal Dutch Shell and their partners will prevail, all the way to the bank.
As I see the situation, the real ‘villain’ in this drama is a corrupted Irish government that has betrayed Ireland and her people. It is that elected government that should be the target of the protesters. To quote the cartoon character Pogo – ‘We have met the enemy, and he is us.’