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Shell Corrib protest man bags Edinburgh Fringe Festival award

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Irish actor and writer Donal O’Kelly has scored a notable success with his one-man show, Fionnuala – a play based around to Corrib gasline controversy – winning a coveted Fringe First award at Edinburgh. Each year, Scotsman critics choose plays they feel are of a particularly high standard to receive the awards.

The Hot Press Newsdesk, 10 Aug 2013

Based around an incident last year in which a Shell tunnel boring machine, called Fionnuala, sank into a Mayo bog, the play tells the story of a Shell PR executive, called Ambrose Keogh, who is summoned to a midnight court in a fairy fort by Fionnuala of the Children of Lir. Fionnuala puts on a spell on Keogh, who has to tell the truth about Shell’s activities, or else he’ll be turned into a frog (for which ‘Keogh’ is the Irish word). read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.


“The Observer asked the Garda and Gilligan specifically to deny the delivery, but no denial came, only a repeat of the prepared statement. The Observer replied that, unless a denial was received, we would presume the veracity of OSSL’s story. Silence ensued.”


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HEADLINE: Strange tale of Shell’s pipeline battle, the Garda and £60,000 worth of booze

Shell’s Corrib gas project has been delayed for years by strong resistance in County Mayo. Now claims are emerging of corporate sweeteners, including a consignment of alcohol for police after a clash with protesters

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For 10 years, the Shell oil and gas behemoth has endeavoured to bring ashore a pipeline from the Atlantic into the heart-stopping beauty of Ireland‘s County Mayo seaboard. And for 10 years, local people whose ancestors farmed the land and fished the ocean have been determined to stop it.

The struggle has become an epic clash between the Goliath that is Shell, backed by the Irish police, and a group assembled around the umbrella protest group Shell to Sea, whose founder, retired primary schoolteacher Maura Harrington, says that, “thanks in no small measure to the Shell to Sea campaign, the project is 10 years behind schedule and its budget has trebled”. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Staying Silent Would Be the Real Crime

Shell and other oil majors such as Gazprom and Rosneft are eyeing the sea ice melt as a business opportunity. Rather than viewing the melting ice as a warning they should invest in climate-friendly renewable energy, the oil majors are taking on extra risks in search of profit and bigger reserves by drilling for oil in one of the world’s most hostile environments. This is folly of the gravest kind.

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Posted: 08/09/2013 1:51 pm

I’ve sat in international courtrooms to report on crimes against humanity during wars in Africa or the Balkans, environmental degradation and conflict in South America or armed aggression between Russia and Georgia. I’ve also reported on whether a Dutch politician had the right to compare Islam with Nazism under laws protecting free speech.

But today I sat in a Dutch court, not as a reporter, but in solidarity with 18 Greenpeace Netherlands activists facing criminal charges over a September 2012 protest at Shell petrol stations as part of Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign. It’s an issue that deserves the same attention given to the human rights cases I once reported on. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Petroleum nationalism fades as super-cycle cools: Kemp

“We are not an opportunity-constrained company, we are a capital-constrained company,” Shell Chief Executive Peter Voser told Reuters in an interview, a position he has stressed to investors several times over the course of this year.

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Fri Aug 9, 2013 7:55am EDT

By John Kemp

Aug 9 (Reuters) – The balance of power between host countries and petroleum companies has shifted decisively as a result of the shale revolution and the push into deepwater oil and gas fields off the coast of Latin America and Africa.

The first decade of the 21st century was dominated by talk about increasing “resource nationalism” as governments demanded a greater share of the revenues from natural resources located on their territory.

But in the past three years, resource nationalism has disappeared from the agenda. Rather than trying to impose tougher terms on oil and gas companies, most countries are now competing to attract investment by offering reductions in royalties and lower tax rates. read more and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.
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