‘Never Bought Battered Or Beguiled’ say community which fought an oil giant

Lorna Siggins reports for the Irish Times on local people’s reaction to the decision of Shell to cash in the Corrob Gas project after a loss of over one billion euros.

Rossport farmer Willie Corduff, who was one of five men jailed indefinitely over opposition to the project’s high pressure pipeline route, said the decision by Shell came “16 years too late, as the damage to the community is done”.

“With Vermilion as new owner, it will just be a different sign over the gate, and the marks that Shell left on our bodies, our bones and our kids will remain,” he said.

“The sad part is that if the company had listened to the community living closest to it in the first place, it would have cost a lot less and they wouldn’t be going anywhere.”

Shell to Sea spokeswoman former schoolteacher Maura Harrington who went on hunger strike during the protests said that

“Shell may have been bought, but we will never be bought, battered or beguiled”.

“We have inherited a new owner and Shell to Sea will continue to fight on behalf of the Irish people to defend our natural resources,”she said.

https://www.irishtimes.com/…/little-surprise-in-north-mayo-…

BERNARD MOFFATT

pp Celtic League.

13/07/17

 

Rossport Five member Willie Corduff says it is ‘16 years too late’
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