Shell has Irish environmentalist arrested

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Pat O`Donnell interview

This interview was recorded at the Rossport Solidarity Camp on June 1 2009.

At 2am on Thursday 11 June, Pat O’Donnell’s boat the ‘Iona Isle’ was boarded by four masked men and sunk out at sea, near where Mr. O’Donnell lays his fishing pots off Erris, North Mayo.

Mr. O’Donnell and crewman Martin McDonnell were attacked and held down by some of the men, while others went below deck, where they proceeded to sink the boat. Both local men have been taken to Castlebar General Hospital, where they are recovering.

From the blog of David Rovics, singer from the USA:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ireland: The Arrest of Pat O’Donnell

In a country with the kind of tumultuous history that Ireland has it’s not surprising that a man being arrested and jailed for seven months would escape the notice of the media, at least outside of Ireland. What should hopefully pique some interest is that this is a man with a long history of being bullied, intimidated, arrested and treated roughly by the authorities for his nonviolent resistance against Shell Oil’s construction of a gas pipeline, and now the judge is calling him a bully and jailing him for seven months on the extremely dubious charge of intimidating an officer.

To be sure, this is not Nigeria, where Shell regularly massacres those opposed to the oil drilling which is destroying the environment and the livelihoods of so much of the population. Shell doesn’t run Ireland in the way it controls Nigeria. But at the same time, much like my own country, the Irish government has proven itself to be far from free of corruption.

From the Shell to Sea site in Ireland:

Please write to Pat in prison.

His address is:
Pat O’Donnell,
Castlerea Prison,
Harristown, Castlerea,

Alternatively you can email and we will pass on your email to Pat.

See also here.

USA: Rise of Sexual Predators in Oil and Gas Boomtowns Highlights Social Problems of Large Scale Energy Projects: here.

2 thoughts on “Shell has Irish environmentalist arrested

  1. Karachaganak Petroleum fined 3 billion KZT for infringement of nature protection legislation

    Fri, 02/26/2010 – 15:13 — newsbot

    Astana. February 26. Kazakhstan Today – The Office of Public Prosecutor of the Western Kazakhstan area has fined Karachaganak Petroleum Operating more than 3 billion KZT for infringement of the nature protection legislation, the agency reports citing the press service of the State Office of Public Prosecutor of Kazakhstan.


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