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Shell To Sea Press Release – 6th May 09 – We have had enough of being bullied by Shell… 

Shell To Sea Press Release – 6th May 09 – Removal of fences at Glengad

Saturday 9th May at 6pm will see Shell’s illegal fences at Glengad removed by the local community.  Shell have been building their compound, which has not been passed through the planning process by Mayo County Council [1], for almost two weeks.  There have been numerous protests, and the local community are now calling for help from around the country in safeguarding their homes and livelihoods, and in fighting the giveaway of Ireland’s natural resources.

Recent weeks have seen a increasing amount peaceful protest, and a ramping-up of intimidation from Shell mercenaries, most notably in the brutal assault on Willie Corduff.  Local anger was only exacerbated by the negative response of Ministers Ryan and O Cuiv to concerns raised during a community meeting in Inver Community Hall last Thursday.

The founder of the Goldman Environmental Prize has also spoken out against the recent events in Mayo, and 26 recent Goldman winners have written a letter to the Taoiseach, the President and the Prime Minister of Norway, calling for intervention in ‘what is becoming a humanitarian crisis’ [2].  The OECD are also currently investigating a complaint from the community regarding the disputed Corrib Gas Project [3].

Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway said, ‘We have had enough of being bullied by Shell and Statoil’s illegal security, and their helpers the Gardai, over this illegal compound and this ridiculous selling-out of our natural resources.’

Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington added, ‘This struggle is for all of the people of Ireland.  We are strong, and are fighting Shell all the way, but we need help from all over the country to win back the resources that belong to all of us.’ 


[email protected]


Recent attempt by community to remove illegal Shell fences, and Call Out to

come to Mayo:


* Terence Conway 086 0866264

* Maura Harrington 087 9591474

Notes to Editors

1. [1] Under Planning and Development Regulations 2001, Schedule 2 Part 1 of Exempted Development, Class 25 (c) it states: “In accordance with any requirements of the Minister for Public Enterprise or the Marine and Natural Resources, as the case may be under section 40 of the Gas Act, 1976, of development consisting of the construction of an underground pipeline for the transmission of gas (but not the construction or erection of any apparatus, equipment or other thing ancillary to such a pipeline save cathodic protection equipment and marker posts).”

2. Activists call for Corrib intervention:

Irish Times Article

3. The OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, hosted talks in Dublin last Monday to try to resolve issues relating to the Corrib gas dispute.

Irish Times Article and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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