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Maura Harrington update on Shell Corrib project

Dear John,

I’ve attached for your perusal up to the minute stuff connected with the proposed Shell/Corrib project in north Mayo.

There are two attachments from the Peoples’ Forum proceedings held at the weekend – Mrs Joy Phido’s was printed as a supplement and included with the main copy of contributions. Mrs Phido’s willingness to travel from London was very much appreciated by the local community and the empathy which has always existed between the Ogoni people and ourselves was once again underlined; there were also very good contributions from those with a national profile – Kieran Allen, Harry Browne and Colm Rapple together with local contributions from Niall King, retired Principal Rossport Primary School and Sam from the Solidarity Camp not forgetting of course Majella McCarron’s paper on the current and developing area of Human Rights.

This was complemented by feedback from discussion groups chaired by Lelia Doolan.

It came as no surprise that Shell disdained to attend as did all their sycophants/hangers on; since Shell took over this proposed project they have consistently refused to engage with local people in any public forum – where everybody hears the same thing at the same time; Shell’s preferred option is to meet with ‘two or three representatives’ behind closed doors and we will never put ourselves in that invidious position.

It was also no surprise that the political parties Fine Gael and Labour now in power couldn’t or wouldn’t arrange to have even one person attend who could report back on proceedings; however, Éamon Ó Cuiv of the discredited and ousted party Fianna Fáil did attend and it was possible for an Independent TD Thomas Pringle to send his PA as rapporteur as Sinn Féin also sent Councillor Gerry Murray.

In a separate development SIPTU, the largest trade union in the country, published its research/discussion report on Thursday 30 June. This report was largely ignored by mainstream media in Ireland which is not surprising given that most of this media is either owned and/or controlled by the O’Reilly family who also own the E&P company Providence Resources plc. It would be good to see this report published on your website to show readers current research and recommendations by the largest union in the country which would probably give the lie to some of Shell’s spinmeisters on the wider stage.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

My best regards to yourself and your father.

Maura Harrington


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