- Izzy is free!
- Court News
- Events in memory of Niall Harnett
- s2s Pub quiz
- Confernece: Irelands’s Natural Resources are NOT FOR SALE
- Corrib Project Update and actions
- Accommodation update
- More upcoming events
- Come to Mayo on 21st of June
Izzy is free!:
… and the west’s awake…
After a week and a half in custody, Shell to Sea activist Izzy Ní Graidim left Mountjoy prison 24th of February at 1.30pm.
Here’s the full story: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org/?p=1308
Izzy has just been released from prison!! http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org/?p=1296
Protest for Izzy, Mountjoy Prison: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org/?p=1267
Shell to Sea campaigner jailed for 3 months: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org/?p=1235
On the 13th February 2 other campaigners were up on obstruction charges got the probation act and so were not convicted.
Next court date is the 13th March @10.30am in Belmullet - 4 campaigners are up, including Shell to Sea spokespeople Maura Harrington and Terence Conway.
Celebratory gatherings in memory of Niall
Friday 8th March, 4.30pm, Scariff, Co. Clare:
CELT supporters including Sandy & Ali and other members of Fake McCoys – and hopefully a few other musicians / singers – are having a celebratory gathering in memory of our dear departed friend Niall Harnett at Scariff Community Garden (and East Clare Community Coop coffee shop) on Friday 8th March, 4.30pm onwards. There will be a camp-fire and pizzas available and other snacks and people will be welcome to tell their stories / anecdotes / poems about Niall around the fire – the music will begin after 7pm. Please pass on this invitation to any of Niall’s friends.
Saturday 23rd March, Kielys in Mount Merrion, Dublin:
Niall was a person special to us all in different ways, a friend, a leader, an organiser. Great company and much missed. In order to pay our respects and remember the man, we are having a night of celebration in Kielys in Mount Merrion at 8.30pm.
There’ll be music on the night so if you want to play a tune in Niall’s honour, please give Jim Conway or Greg Manahan a shout. Ciaran Myler and Gerard Litster are organisers in chief so if you want to get involved in any other way, they can help.
Shell to Sea pub quiz, Dublin, 27th February
The CEESA students are organising a pub quiz fundraiser in the Global Bar of the Russell Court Hotel (Camden Street, Dublin 2).
Any help promoting it much appreciated.
It promises to be night of entertainment and merriment organised and hosted by the NUI Maynooth Community Education, Equality and Social Activism learning group and the Equality Studies Centre, UCD.
10 euro a head. Advanced booking is recommended (theresa.okeefe AT nuim.ie) 3 euro drink promotions on the night. Fully accessible.
Confernece: Irelands’s Natural Resources are NOT FOR SALE
It’s organised by People Before Profit.
Speakers include Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington, Pat (The Chief) O’Donnell, Stein Bredal (former Statoil board member) and Jessica Ernst (anti-fracking scientist from the US).
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/452984951434692/
Corrib project update and actions
Shell are busy destroying the fields in Glengad. Protests are ongoing, please see here for latest news:
It’s the field we used to walk down through to get to the 2006/2007 camp in the dunes. Someone is down in Glengad now taking photos so there’ll be a special Glengad article up soon on indymedia to show people what’s going on.
In Aughoose rumours abound that the TBM is stuck in the “Dóib” – the mysterious clay-like substance underlying much of the blanket bog in the area. Dóib is well known and understood locally but Shell are always getting stuck in it.
- The grout that the TBM injects to solidify the material around it as it advances won’t mix with the dóib and so the machine is stuck.
- They are bringing in new chemicals to mix in the grout to see will it help mix with the dóib.
- They are organising to borrow a machine from the army in the Curragh, Kildare to pull the TBM out again.
- The tunnel is flooding.
- The German tunnelling engineers don’t know what to do.
- They are looking at abandoning the tunnel and going overland again
- It was just a hydraulics failure – the problem has been solved and tunnelling is underway again and will last another 13 months (rumour circulated by Shell)
Interestingly there has been no official weekly update to Minister Pat Rabbitt’s DCENR published since the 10th if January. usually they are a week late publishing them. Hopefully they are stuck – but usually the environment is the collateral damage for Shell mistakes – they are going through what is supposed to be a nature reserve.
The DCENR website says: In compliance with 10.10 (3) of the Rules and Procedures Manual for Offshore Petroleum Production Operations, weekly progress reports on the current work status are provided by SEPIL.
Pressure on the DCENR for the latest updates would be good.
Email email@example.com and address it to Ciarán O’ hObáin
Update on accommodation
The camp house is closed for the time being, but people are most welcome keep visiting and staying in the area to support the campaign. There’s been a steady flow of people coming to stay short and medium term at the house over the winter, but we don’t have the enough long-term people at the moment to facilitate the open ended accommodation as we have until now. This could change in the future, but it would take commitment from enough people to organise it and make it happen. If you are interested in getting involved in the camp email us – firstname.lastname@example.org
There are still plenty local accommodation options:
Fritz & Betty’s Hostel: Kilcommon Lodge, Pullathomas (+353) (0)97.84621 Website: http://www.kilcommonlodge.ie/Email: email@example.com
Mc Grath’s B&B, Pullathomas- 097 84626
There are also a number of locals who have offered to host visitors/ have a place to pitch a tent but it may not always be possible to arrange this.
If you don’t know people well enough here to arrange you’re own stay with them, email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of your visit to see if we can organise a place to stay. The set up would obviously be different to the camp house – please remember that this would be someones home and it’s a really busy time of year with farming so be independent. You can easily hitch lifts to Belmullet to buy food and although its packed away now, some of the resources of the camp would be available. It would be important to offer to help out with any jobs in-exchange for your stay if it can be arranged.
More upcoming events:
Shell to Sea talks in Universities around Ireland
NUI Maynooth, 11th March
Criostóir from Dublin Shell to Sea will speak along with Jessica Ernst who is a Canadian activist speaking on fracking at lunchtime in the university.More dates and venues to be announced shortly. If you can set up a talk in your community/ college let us know.
Full link: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org/?p=1408
More dates and venues to be announced shortly for the s2s talk tour in universities around Ireland. If you can set up a talk in your community/ college let us know by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
29th March is the Good Friday walk (now in its 8th year) where the campaign remembers the Ogoni 9. There will also be gardening and camp work to get involved with throughout the weekend.
27-28th April is a preparation weekend for the camp in June – Please come and help out with lots of practical tasks to get ready.
Watch this space for further events. If you would like to organise a weekend up here, please get in touch. Possible ideas could be an art weekend of sign and mural painting, gardening work, music sessions etc
As many of you will already be familiar with how the camp functions and have contacts with the local campaign, it would be really great to have groups of people visiting who are able to be autonomous in terms of cooking etc…..
Local people are so happy to see people come, especially those they have met over the years and there’s always plenty to do! The Gardai are thin on the ground and so it is easier to have successful actions. Some of them are feeling a little touch of the blue flu, perhaps in it’s early stages.
Come to Mayo on the 21st of June
(Please print out the full update and spread the word! http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org/?cat=6 )
This year it is planned to have a shorter camp, but to attract a large number of people.
Basically we’ll be building the camp from the start of June to be ready for Mid-June.
Build camp 1st – 15th June
Solidarity camp from Friday the 21st to Sunday the 30th June
The G8 is to take place 17-19 June in Co. Fermanagh. The camp in Mayo takes place after the G8, for those who would like to have an active month in June!
We are also encouraging groups to come and engage in actions at this time, but if you can only come once this summer, then the last week of June (21st-30th) is the time to be here – get organising.
New posters, leaflets, youtube videos and speaking tours are being organised/made to promote the campaign and summer camp. Contact us if you want to help organising or promoting the events this summer.
Hasta la victoria siempre,