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Reporting on the ongoing struggle in Mayo, Ireland against a pipeline build by oil giant Shell

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Rossport – a decade of struggle against Shell

18-05-2011 06:53 | Rossport Solidarity | Energy Crisis | Social Struggles | World

Blocking the tractor

For 10 years there has been a struggle against the Corrib gas project in Western Ireland. For the last five years many campaigners have made the journey to show their support with the local people as they show the international oil company that they cannot have their own way. This year a critical stage is being reached and Rossport Solidarity Camp is gearing up to play its role in the continuing resistance. Read on for a history of the campaign and for information if you are planning to come across.

Links: Rossport Solidarity Camp | Indymedia Ireland | Call to Action | IMC uk Topic Page | Organise a screening of 'The Pipe'

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SchNEWS 734: Grassroots Struggle

05-08-2010 22:14 | Rossport Solidarity | Culture | Social Struggles | South Coast | World

Yet another independent festival has been cancelled after a concerted campaign by bureaucrats, nimbys and the fun police.

The Grassroots Feastival is a small volunteer run event due to take place in Cambridgeshire in early September. Organisers had lined up three days of revelry, running from poetry to Drum 'n' Bass and culminating in a communal banquet replete with juggling waiters.

The Feastival faced determined opposition from the very start. According to one of the organisers, Mooney, when the application process began in January the council made it clear they would do all they could to stop the festival taking place. Martin Ford from the police licensing board went one step further and told organisers, “I'd rather put pins in my eyes than have this festival in my county.”


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Rossport - Solitare leaves Irish waters with no pipeline laid!

01-09-2008 16:51 | Rossport Solidarity | Ecology | Energy Crisis | Ocean Defence | Social Struggles | World

On Friday the 20th September, the pipe laying ship, the Solitaire, finally left Irish waters. During the ship's time in Ireland, Shell failed to lay any part of the offshore pipe line. The departure of the Solitaire is a massive victory for the Shell to Sea campaign. Resistance in the past six weeks has taken many different forms: fishermen preventing the ship's access to the bay by refusing to move from her path, site invasions by local people and the Rossport Solidarity Camp, numerous waterborne actions to prevent work by supporters from other parts of Ireland and further afield, national and international solidarity actions and finally, an 11 day hunger strike by local campaigner Maura Harrington, that continued until the ship left Irish waters. The events of the last 6 weeks have inspired not only those involved, but also many who witnessed them from afar, new links and friendships have been forged and many lessons learned. In the aftermath, the Shell to Sea campaign can clearly be seen to have been revitalized, both locally and nationally. It is unclear when the ship will attempt to return to Broadhaven Bay. It is possible it could still be this year if repairs are quick and a suitable weather window appears, or it may not be until next spring. However, while it may be uncertain exactly when the ship will return, what is certain, is that it will meet even greater opposition upon its next arrival. Come and be part of it! The Rossport community is calling on people everywhere to put pressure on Shell, Allseas (the company that owns the Solitaire) and Irish embassies to demand that the Solitaire leaves Irish waters immediately.

Newswire: rossport solidarity action at irish consulate | The Solitaire leaves the Bayr | Rooftop occupation of Shells offices in Belmullet | Update from 11th of September | Daughter of Shell to Sea hunger striker paddles out to Solitaire | Rossport Solidarity Action in London | Rossport Solidarity Demo in London on Monday!! | Son of Shell to Sea hunger striker assaulted and arrested |Support Maura Harrington on hunger strike | Irish Embassy targetted for Rossport in Berlin | Rossport: Solidarity Action in Brighton | Rossport: The Time is Now | Rossport update | Urgent Call Out: Mayo Needs You! Now Is The Time

Previous features: Rossport: Another Season of Resistance | Shell to Sea campaign intensifies as work on refinery begins | Community under siege in Mayo

Video: Video interview with Maura Harrington | Locals resist Shell’s occupation of Glengad | Paddle Attack

Links: Shell to Sea | Rossport Solidarity camp | Indymedia Ireland Mayo page | Indymedia UK Rossport Solidarity page

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Rossport: The Time is Now

21-08-2008 17:45 | Rossport Solidarity | Ecology | Energy Crisis | Social Struggles | World

Pirates come in to reclaim beach

The week ending 31st August saw Rossport Solidarity camp reborn and the week of action against offshore pipeline work extended.

The week of action was called in anticipation of the arrival of the world’s largest pipeline ship, the Solitaire. However, due to bad weather conditions the ship’s arrival was delayed. Nonetheless, actions took place throughout the week against preparatory pipeline work, including disruption of dredging work designed to create the trench for the pipe, site invasions into Shell’s compound, and a visit by Shell to Sea kayakers to the Solitaire.

Friday the 29th of August saw better weather conditions and the arrival of the winching rig and cable and the return of the dredging machine into the bay.

The Navy also arrived (the first time the Navy has ever been used in an operation against a civil demonstration).

If the good weather holds, Shell will attempt to complete the near shore part of the pipeline in the next few days.

Believed to be booked up for the next 2 years, the Solitaire has a very short time frame to complete its part in the pipeline construction. Resistance now is crucial and the Rossport community have made a call out for people to come to the area to support the campaign. Check out feature additions and comments for regular updates.

Reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

The rest of the article outlines some of the recent history of the campaign...

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Rossport: Another Season of Resistance

22-11-2007 09:09 | Rossport Solidarity | Ecology | World

Stopping drilling

Since 2000 the small rural community of Rossport, County Mayo, Ireland have been engaged in an epic battle trying to prevent Shell from building a potentially devastating onshore gas refinery and high pressure pipeline in their remote and environmentally sensitive region. Despite Shell’s status as one of the world’s largest multinationals and it’s enjoyment of the full support of the Irish state, the spirited and effective resistance of the local community means that four years after the refinery was intended to be fully operational, the project is still in its infancy.

For many different reasons the struggle is truly inspiring. The Shell to Sea campaign is fought on a multitude of levels, from the international political arena, to on the ground at the daily picket at the proposed refinery site. It has been an eventful seven years and this autumn has been no exception. Over the past few months direct action against the development has included national days of action attended by hundreds of people from around Ireland, community led direct action preventing preparatory pipeline work and regular blockading of trucks entering the refinery site by those attending the daily picket. Also during this period, campaigners were ordered to leave the two year old Rossport Solidarity Camp. Meanwhile the project has met renewed opposition from NGO’s, including the Irish National Trust, who recently spoke out publicly against the project and outlined their intention to challenge its legitimacy in the European courts.

And of course, where there is resistance, repression follows shortly after. The local court sessions have become increasingly dominated by Shell to Sea cases and protesters have been subject to dubious convictions and excessively harsh sentences, including one woman being sentenced to three months in prison for her part in a peaceful lock-on blockade. As winter sets in resistance continues. The rest of the article outlines the significant events of the last few months in more detail…

Recent Indymedia articles: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | IMC UK Rossport Solidarity Topic

Other links: Shell To Sea | Indymedia Irelend Mayo Features

Films: Policing The Pollution: "Don't Mention The Water." | Stopping Shell from drilling the SAC | Rossport Shell site storming | Shell gas refinery blockade at bellanaboy

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Shell to Sea campaign intensifies as work on refinery begins

26-07-2007 01:17 | Rossport Solidarity | Ecology | Social Struggles | World

This summer has seen the Shell to Sea campaign gain increasing momentum as construction of the proposed onshore gas refinery in County Mayo, Ireland, begins. The planned refinery and the high pressure pipeline, which would supply it with unprocessed gas from the offshore Corrib gas field, have been bitterly opposed by local residents and their many national and international supporters, since it was first proposed in 2000. Shell and their partners Statoil and Marathon had hoped to have the facility in operation by 2003, but massive local resistance has meant that four years on, the development is still in its infancy.

Resistance was stepped up following the jailing of three local fishermen accused of assaulting Gardai (Police) during a Shell to Sea picket last year. On Wednesday 11th July, two years on from the jailing of the Rossport 5, these men became County Mayo’s latest political prisoners. The judge’s verdict was met with disbelief by all involved in the campaign and has resulted in an upsurge of community resistance.

Related links : campaign website | recent update | eviction threat | more...

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Community under siege in Mayo

14-10-2006 16:13 | Rossport Solidarity | Ecology | Repression | Social Struggles | World

Since late 2000 there has been an on-going attempt by multinationals and the Irish state to devastate a remote coastal area of county Mayo with a toxic refinery and a high pressure production gas pipeline. Since the summer of 2005 mass pickets shut down the refinery construction site after five residents were imprisoned for refusing to allow Shell’s sub-contractors access to their and their neighbours' small farms which the pipeline is to go through.

In August Shell announced that they intended to re-take the site in September, however during that month over a hundred people would gather at the gates when ever there was indications that such an attempt was to be made. Shell failed in September, but on the third of October a massive two hundred strong police unit forced a path for Shell. This week there have been sporadic sit down blockades of construction traffic and solidarity protests have taken place in locations across Britain and Ireland.

New: Rossport Solidarity action page

Reports from Mayo: Interview with Rossport Solidarity Camper | Rossport - Shell to Sea Video Report | S2S Oct 12 - 3 arrested in Mayo, Dempsey cornered in Galway | Bellanaboy, Community Under Siege - Day 11

Reports solidarity actions: Bradford | Leeds | Brighton | Dublin/Cork | Belfast | Donnybrook | Galway | Manchester | Tyneside

Background links: Shell in Mayo | Rossport Solidarity Camp | Shell to Sea | Indymedia Ireland | Indymedia Mayo | Shellspeak: Media Mechanics and Financial Dynamics

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World Rossport Solidarity Feature Archive >>

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World Rossport Solidarity Newswire

Image Cardiff Shell petrol station rooftop occupation
29-06-2013 17:04 | 1 comment

Text Anti Shell, Greenwash Flash MOB
29-02-2012 22:26

Image Special Sitting in Ireland for Rossport Campaigners
20-02-2012 00:11 | 1 comment

Image Occupy Oil
05-02-2012 14:11 | 3 comments

Image Shell's Peat Haulage Has Begun... And Been Disrupted !
25-11-2011 10:31

Image Shell blockaded on the first day
25-07-2011 07:45 | 1 addition | 3 comments

Image Come up to Rossport! Shell Starts Work on onshore pipeline
23-07-2011 13:36

Text Lettre de Mme Maigret à Jean-Paul Sartre
16-06-2011 10:11

Image Rossport solidarity campers pull down Shell's fences
22-05-2011 14:00

Image Belmullet Shell offices shut down by campaigners.
17-05-2011 22:36

Image Shell work stopped as Gardaí continue to endanger campaigners
05-05-2011 21:56 | 2 comments

Image IRMS security works with Gardaí to block Rossport Solidarity Camp protesters
11-04-2011 22:42

Image Shell's Work Disrupted for 12 Hours in Aughoose Co. Mayo Ireland
04-04-2011 23:23

Image Shells road torn up!!
03-04-2011 10:45

Image 4 Actions against Shell in their first day of work in Rossport, Ireland
30-03-2011 13:32 | 2 comments

Image Shells Work begins in Rossport!!
29-03-2011 12:08

Text Shells Work Stopped for 4 hours
22-03-2011 22:21

Text Rossport Solidarity Camp is Up!
20-03-2011 19:07

Image Work Weekend at Rossport Solidarity Camp
16-03-2011 21:18

Image Massive Security presence at proposed Shell compound in Co.Mayo
11-03-2011 11:19 | 2 comments

Image Shells Work Stopped twice in two days
09-03-2011 22:25

Text May Day! May Day! Rossport Solidarity Camp Summer Gathering Sat 30 April -Mon 2n
09-03-2011 11:00

Text Anti-Shell Non-violent direct action workshop
09-03-2011 10:58

Image Shells survey work stopped agein
02-03-2011 16:03

Image Stopping Shells Survey Work
25-02-2011 18:04

Text Hollywood star slams Shell as ‘The Pipe’ wins IFTA award
20-02-2011 15:53

Image We need you help to stop shell in rossport!
24-01-2011 17:43

Image Phuck The Scum State Wankers Club I'm Voting Horse Outside
23-01-2011 00:42 | 1 comment

Text International Week of Direct Action against SHELL begins!
20-01-2011 11:44

Text Shell given permission to complete Gas pipeline in Mayo
20-01-2011 11:37

Image Taking Power Back from Corrupt Corporate Banker Politicians in Ireland
27-12-2010 18:15

Text Call out for Direct Action against Shell
19-12-2010 11:58

Text Call out for actions ageinst SHELL
17-12-2010 17:59

Image Action against RPS group Glasgow in Solidarity with communities in Co. Mayo and
22-10-2010 11:03

Image A week of Hell for Shell
28-08-2010 17:49 | 1 comment

Image Drill huggers stop Shell's drilling work
13-08-2010 18:33

Text Shell drilling stopped for an hour and a half
06-08-2010 15:30

Text Waders tie down Shell testing rig in Mayo, Republic of Ireland
30-07-2010 16:39 | 1 comment

Text Fri 30th July: 100 days of Gulf of Mexico oil spill
26-07-2010 14:22

Text Shell to Sea campaigner attacked at sea last night.
15-07-2010 12:19

Image Shell due to start work next week
25-06-2010 19:35

Image Dissident Island Radio tonight
04-06-2010 16:50

Text Shell Protest Video - Party at the Pumps 2
16-05-2010 19:17 | 3 comments

Text Dissident Island Radio - 7 May 2010 broadcast - check it out!
14-05-2010 15:03

Text Solitaire leaving Irish waters....coming to a port near you?
18-09-2008 17:19 | 2 additions | 1 comment

Image Roof top occupation of Shell offices in Belmullet
18-09-2008 12:13

Image Son of Shell to Sea hunger striker assaulted and arrested at Glengad beach
13-09-2008 14:53 | 2 comments

10-09-2008 10:04 | 1 addition | 1 comment

Image The Solitaire arrives in Broadhaven Bay
09-09-2008 20:17

Image Eight arrested as Shell begin winching operation in Rossport
05-09-2008 14:55

Text Rossport Picket Account
31-08-2008 12:12

Text Shell to Sea court cases: an account
16-11-2007 21:01 | 2 comments

Text Shell to Sea stop early pipeline work (late october)
13-11-2007 19:38

Text Rossport Solidarity Demo in Madrid
15-09-2007 18:52

Image Rossport Activist slams new Irish government announcment as a "Sad Spectacle"
01-08-2007 20:30

Text Rossport Update
17-07-2007 22:43

Text Shell & County Mayo: Don't Mention The Water Part 3
14-07-2007 15:43

Text Local Protesters Blockade Shell Construction site in Mayo
13-07-2007 10:37

Text Shell to Sea campaigners jailed for police assault
12-07-2007 07:50 | 1 comment

Text Rossport Update
09-07-2007 12:52

19-06-2007 09:27 | 4 additions

Text Al Jazeera on Shell and Ireland case
10-05-2007 00:28 | 1 comment

Video Shell Poisoning Erris Water Supply: Don’t Mention The Water, Part Two
04-04-2007 22:11 | 2 comments

Video Shell Poisoning Erris Water Supply: Don’t Mention The Water, Part One
04-04-2007 19:32

Video 22/03/07 - Norwegian Embassy/Statoil protest - human rights in Rossport
23-03-2007 01:15 | 3 comments

Video On the Ground, Ireland: New Cops New Violence Part Two
13-03-2007 21:21 | 1 comment

Video On The Ground, Ireland: New Cops, New Violence Part One
13-03-2007 20:52

Video On The Ground, Ireland: Video/Report - Pushme-Pullyou on the picket line
05-03-2007 16:25 | 2 comments

Video On the Ground: Shell to Sea protest, Dublin, 24/02/07 - video and report
02-03-2007 12:42

Video On the Ground Ireland: Day four, the Monday picket, video and report
19-02-2007 21:54

Text On the Ground Ireland: Three days in Rossport, County Mayo
19-02-2007 21:41

Video Video rush: Shell to Sea protest closes Corrib Gas Terminal
16-02-2007 19:02 | 1 addition | 2 comments

Text Mass trespass halts work on Shell refinery in Ireland
16-02-2007 13:06

Text shell-to-sea
07-02-2007 16:34

Video Shell Wildlife photo exhibition gets painted
05-02-2007 02:35 | 9 comments

Video Irish Embassy protest against Shell Hell
31-01-2007 01:28 | 1 comment

Video Video: 24/01/07 - Shell blockades London
27-01-2007 17:40 | 2 comments

Image Bloody report from Ballinaboy/ Rossport, Ireland
19-01-2007 15:13 | 2 comments

Image Pipeline protests gather strength
15-01-2007 22:34

Text Preview recorded for ResonanceFM, of Platform's new opera 'Andwhilelondon burns'
05-12-2006 01:12

Image Anti-Shell Action in Ireland, Shell H.Q. in Dublin Occupied
11-10-2006 23:24

Image Monday’s Blockade in Mayo
10-10-2006 16:02

Text Oil and Gas in Ireland
09-10-2006 02:32

Text Shell in Mayo: A Backgrounder.
08-10-2006 23:05

Text Shell Oil in Mayo
03-10-2006 23:46 | 1 addition

Image Shell and Irish State forcibly break picket,injuries reported,solidarity needed!
03-10-2006 11:08

Text The Corrib Gas Controversy: State Collaboration with Shell Exposed
02-10-2006 23:19

Text Shell still havn't got the message in Mayo
02-10-2006 20:39

Text UK nuclear lobby and Shell in Ireland
24-08-2006 21:21

Audio Audio report recorded at the Anti Shell Pipe line Protest
22-02-2006 21:56 | 1 comment

Image More photos from Shell Occupation in Islington
19-02-2006 11:06 | 1 addition | 3 comments

Text Gunboat attack forces Shell retreat from Nigeria - oil prices rise again.
16-01-2006 15:53 | 3 comments

Image Anti-shell action in Edinburgh
05-07-2005 11:24 | 7 comments

Text Irish Citizens Imprisoned on Behalf of Shell Oil
03-07-2005 21:02 | 1 comment

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