Breakdown of Trust: Report on the Corrib Gas Dispute

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Call for new inquiry into assault on Rossport protester

The Title of this thread has been changed. It is not my title, and in my opinion is much less clear than the original.

An report by barrister Brian Barrington into the handling of protests against the Corrib pipeline has called for a new inquiry.

The independent analysis was carried out for the Frontline human rights organisation, and proposes that gardaí from outside the area carry out an investigation into the assault on Rossport farmer Willie Corduff.

Corduff, who was jailed along with four others in 2005 for his opposition to the project, was hospitalised after protesting at a Shell site last year.

New inquiry into alleged assault urged - The Irish Times - Tue, Apr 27, 2010

The report, to be released today, publishes medical records and an independent medical assessment that dispute claims by Shell’s security contractor that “not a finger” was laid on Mr Corduff on April 23rd, 2009.

It finds that residents protesting peacefully on health and safety grounds about the gas project have the right to be described as “human rights defenders” under United Nations guidelines.
Does anyone believe that a proper investigation will ever actually take place?
 
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The sooner they build this pipeline the better. If the Guards have to baton crusties, hippies and dissident provos off the roads so be it.
 

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The sooner they build this pipeline the better. If the Guards have to baton crusties, hippies and dissident provos off the roads so be it.
Local residents, concerned citizens, tax payers...
 

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Apart from his other injuries the alleged events surrounding Corduff's ankle injury are very worrying. If true, sackings and prosecution are in order.
 

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Call for rights observer if onshore Shell gas line upheld - The Irish Times - Tue, Apr 27, 2010

Frontline report: Main points

Gardaí from outside Mayo should investigate the alleged assault on Rossport farmer Willie Corduff.

Gardaí should employ a trained lawyer as human rights observer.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission should again seek permission to conduct a policies and practices investigation into policing of the Corrib gas dispute.

Shell should intensify its existing efforts to comply with regulations and review its networking arrangements.

Peaceful Corrib gas protesters can be classified as human rights defenders under UN guidelines, but violent protesters can not.

Barrister states Gardaí should re-investigate Corduff assault: http://www.mayonews.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9633:barrister-states-gardai-should-re-investigate-corduff-assault&catid=23:news&Itemid=46

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Other local residents, concerned citizens and taxpayers want it to go ahead.

How many anti-Shell candidates were elected in the local elections? How many votes did they even get?
But had it not been for the "capitalist" "imperialist" system we have .......you know the rest.
 

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Call for rights observer if onshore Shell gas line upheld - The Irish Times - Tue, Apr 27, 2010

Frontline report: Main points

Gardaí from outside Mayo should investigate the alleged assault on Rossport farmer Willie Corduff.

Gardaí should employ a trained lawyer as human rights observer.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission should again seek permission to conduct a policies and practices investigation into policing of the Corrib gas dispute.

Shell should intensify its existing efforts to comply with regulations and review its networking arrangements.

Peaceful Corrib gas protesters can be classified as human rights defenders under UN guidelines, but violent protesters can not.

Barrister states Gardaí should re-investigate Corduff assault: http://www.mayonews.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9633:barrister-states-gardai-should-re-investigate-corduff-assault&catid=23:news&Itemid=46

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Hardly Watergate, is it?
 

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Apart from his other injuries the alleged events surrounding Corduff's ankle injury are very worrying. If true, sackings and prosecution are in order.
What injuries? If he had injuries, why weren't the photographed and put up on Indymedia?
 

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Other local residents, concerned citizens and taxpayers want it to go ahead.

How many anti-Shell candidates were elected in the local elections? How many votes did they even get?
Already this whole situation is born out of the dealings of Ray Burke, so trying to paint it as some great deal for Ireland is a moot point. For the people who actually have to live around this pipeline it is a problem and a possible danger so they protest. Shell's private security and OUR POLICE FORCE then beat them off the roads. That's the police force we pay, and you see nothing wrong with that.

Please explain to me the benfits you see in giving Shell the gas (which they are not even obliged to give us first call on) and building this pipeline when the local community is against it.
 

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Hardly Watergate, is it?
It also recommends that the Garda ombudsman commission seeks permission again to investigate policing of the Corrib gas dispute. An application to do so by the commission to then minister for justice Brian Lenihan in 2007 was refused.
Can you spot anything wrong in the above?
 

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What injuries? If he had injuries, why weren't the photographed and put up on Indymedia?
Be proactive. Google is your friend.
 

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Already this whole situation is born out of the dealings of Ray Burke, so trying to paint it as some great deal for Ireland is a moot point. For the people who actually have to live around this pipeline it is a problem and a possible danger so they protest. Shell's private security and OUR POLICE FORCE then beat them off the roads. That's the police force we pay, and you see nothing wrong with that.

Please explain to me the benfits you see in giving Shell the gas (which they are not even obliged to give us first call on) and building this pipeline when the local community is against it.
Where is anybody trying to paint it as some great deal for Ireland?
Many of the folks who live around the pipeline seem to have no problem with it.
As regards "beating people off the roads", I note that your commentary seems a little one sided. You have mentioned nothing about the threats and intimidation of the workers and their families. Hardly the stuff of peaceful protest.
And as I said about the local elections, if the local community is so against it, why didn't we see a huge wave of support for anti-Shell candidates. The one person I know toi be against Shell is a woman called Maura Harrington. She threatened to commit suicide by starvation unless a pipe laying ship left Irish waters. Hardly the tactics of rational people.
 

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The title of this thread has been changed. It is not my title, and in my opinion is much less clear than the original.


The report by the independent barrister deals with the reaction to the protests against the Shell scheme by gardaí and others. It calls for a new inquiry into the assault on Willie Corduff.

It is not a report into the Corrib gas scheme; its safety or importance to the taxpayer etc.

It is purely about human rights abuses in relation to the policing of the protests.

That's why it had such an explicit title and was placed in the "Justice" section opf the forum.

Changing the title and moving it to the "Current Affairs" section, will, in my view, lead people to believe that this thread is an opportunity to rehash arguments about the overall benefits of the Shell scheme, its history and future.
 

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Gerry Gregg's so called documentary on the Corrib Gasfeild was shortlisted for an IFTA award which doesn't say much for IFTA standards I reckon. That 10 minute video piece from The Guardian gave more information on the Corrib Gas controversy and also managed to include more balance in its report than Gregg's Shell to Sea hatchet job which was about an hour long.
 


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