Greenpeace has released a video and petition calling on Lego to end its partnership with Shell. If you would like to learn more about this campaign or sign the petition visit their campaign page here.

Partners in Faith was represented at the recent Airing Erris 2 event which was held recently in Ceathru Taidhg, in West Mayo. The event explored how difficult it has been for mainstream journalists to cover the Corrib story due to 'flak' within the system. This session featured as a special guest Ed Vulliamy from the Guardian who broke the "Booze for Garda" story about how €30,0000 worth of alcohol, paid for by Shell was deiivered to Belmullet Garda station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a satirical take on recent allegations that Belmullet Garda station in Mayo took delivery of a consignment of alcohol worth €37,000 from Shell E&P Ireland in 2007, the Shell to Sea campaign have been running a "Garda Drink of the Week" campaign. The whiskey label above is this week's entry. It suggests a none too subtle blend of corporate arrogance and local gombeenism.

The action in the video below by Greenpeace took place at the end of the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday. Although it only lasts a few minutes it's a wonderful metaphor for the struggle of mother Earth to be heard amidst the corporate razzamataz typified by events like this one. The struggle is real as the insane race by Shell and other oil multinationals for Arctic oil & gas gathers apace. Thank heavens for such small victories as this one. Well done Greenpeace!

 

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Press Release

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013

 

 

Partners in Faith calls for a full public enquiry to investigate the relationship between the Garda Siochana in Mayo and Shell E&P following publication of a recent newspaper article claiming that Shell E&P had €35,000 worth of alcohol delivered to Belmullet Garda station in December 2007.

 

The claim in the Observer newspaper article raises serious questions about the policing of the Corrib Gas Project in Mayo and also the activity of Shell E&P in Erris. These questions now need to be investigated thoroughly. The enquiry needs to address such questions as: 'What was the purpose of the delivery of €35,000 worth of alcohol to Belmullet Garda station on behalf of Shell E&P in December 2007?' 'What is the nature of the relationship between Shell E&P and the Garda Siochana in Mayo in which the delivery of such a major consignment of alcohol could take place?' and 'What effect has this relationship of Garda and Shell had on the local community?'

 

Partners in Faith believes the local community in Erris has suffered grave injustices over the last thirteen years. This is due to a questionable policing policy and a failed business model which has allowed a foreign multinational undue influence in the affairs of an Irish community. We believe the time has come for these issues to be fully addressed.

 

 

Refs:
1) Strange tale of Shell's pipeline battle, the Gardaí and £30,000 of booze – Observer article
2) Breakdown of Trust – Frontline Defenders report on Corrib Gas Dispute

   

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