Did the project have planning permission by any chance?Robinson as we know, resigned from the presidency of this country in September 1997 so that, in my opinion (to which I'm entitled!) she could move on to 'bigger and better' things on the global stage.
The Shell/Corrib gas saga, while ongoing from 2000, came to national prominence in 2005. Robinson comes from Ballina which is 35 miles away from the Barony of Erris where, from 2006 onwards this vassal state, when Shell clicked their fingers, let loose on those of us from Erris and those who came to support with all metaphoric guns blazing.
It is still probably difficult for a lot of those who weren't there to believe the ferocity of the state's attempts to squash resistance to the protection of our environment and the giveaway of our natural resources; I neither wish nor want to re-argue the whole Shell/Corrib thing, am content to leave it to posterity to judge.
It is indisputable that resistance to Shell/Corrib in the the period 2005-2015 was fraught and, with 20/20 hindsight has provided people with a lot to ponder.
The reason for potted history above is that during those 10 years Robinson said and/or did absolutely NOTHING to even inform herself on what was happening literally in her own back yard, not to mind say or do anything about it - 'smalladh uirthi. She was contacted by many concerned people myself included and, rather like stately Buck Mulligan, glided on in her most patrician manner.
Robinson has tried to hide behind the fact that she was president to preclude her from speaking about what happened in her own back yard
‚€˜Desmond Tutu loves Mary Robinson‚€™ | Shell to Sea
Contrast that with her successor who appears to suffer from no such restraints in speaking out about the church and on the subject of gay rights.
Hypocrisy thy name is Robinson???