Shell Oil receives approval to drill in Sruwaddaccon Bay, Co. Mayo

March 28, 2008

Shel Ireland has announced that it has received State approval to drill boreholes in Sruwaddaccon Bay, a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in North Mayo, as part of work on the Corrib gas project.

The company has also confirmed it is “reviewing” grant aid it has earmarked for a north Mayo community affected by the 2003 Dooncarton landslide, due to local dissent over the application. Read the rest of this entry »


New fishing body seeks “compliance culture”

March 27, 2008

Irish fishermen face increasingly strict enforcement of fish catch regulations with the introduction of the new Sea Fisheries Protection Authority.

The SFPA was officially launched yesterday afternoon by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan. The authority’s chairman, Peter Whelan, said it would enforce a ‘culture of compliance’ every hour of every day to end illegal fishing. Read the rest of this entry »

Professor George Eogan states that Bremore port site is of vast historic importance

March 25, 2008

The site earmarked for the proposed new port at Bremore, near Balbriggan in north County Dublin is of huge archaeological and historic importance and may be where St Patrick first landed in Ireland, according to one of the country’s most eminent archaeologists.

Professor George Eogan has expressed concern about plans by the Drogheda Port company to build a new deepwater port, at an estimated cost of €300 million, at Bremore on the north Dublin coast.

Professor Eogan, emeritus Professor of Celtic Archaeology at University College Dublin, is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost archaeologists, and was awarded the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in the Humanities for his outstanding contribution to Irish Archaeology. Professor Eogan led the 40-year programme of archaeological work on Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth and is considered to be a world authority in this area. As a result, the Boyne Valley was established as a national park and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Read the rest of this entry »

Controversial Closure of RTÉ’s Medium Wave service

March 24, 2008

Today saw the final broadcast of RTÉ’s mediumwave service (567 kHz), which was launched in 1932, and has served people in rural and remote parts of the country as well as the Irish community abroad ever since then. Research has shown that one in ten radio listeners have availed of the mediumwave service. Many farmers and fishermen also relied upon it for weather reports. RTÉ justified this decision, which has been criticised by emigrant groups, rural people and politicians, due to the cost of continuing the service, which shares most of its content with Radio 1 FM, apart from the midweek soccer game and Sunday religious services. Read the rest of this entry »

Easter Monday at Rath Lugh: NRA Intensifies Program of Action to Complete M3 Motorway

March 24, 2008


A metal palisade fence has been erected between the construction site of the M3, close to the Rath Lugh national monument in Co. Meath, and a camp in which protesters and conservationists are based.

The fence was completed by road-building contractor Eurolink on Saturday, 22nd March. The fence has been put in place according to the NRA, to keep the protesters from digging new tunnels – similar to one which had been occupied for 60 hours by protester Lisa Feeney – in the path of the M3 motorway. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Friday Newsflash from the Tara Foundation:

March 21, 2008

The mound upon which ancient Rath Lugh rests is now being sliced for the M3 Motorway.

The National Roads Authority has stated work is advancing on the M3 motorway in the area close to Rath Lugh where protestors have set up camp. Up to fifty Gardaí are said to be at the scene.

The NRA says it is putting in place what is known as a ‘box cut’, which outlines the road’s route. It is also building a quib wall and security fencing. It says the steps are being taken for health and safety reasons, and with the advice and consent of the Gardaí.

The NRA alleges that workers at Rath Lugh are being intimidated by protestors, and that a civil understanding reached with Lisa Feeney allowing for the fencing to be put in place has not been honoured. Previously the NRA had claimed that no agreement was reached with the tunnel protestor. Read the rest of this entry »

Rath Lugh Protestors Served with OPW Evictions Notices

March 20, 2008


Rath Lugh National Monument protestors are getting legal notices to quit this morning, signed and dated by the Office of Public Works. The OPW are run by the Department of the Environment, OPW Headquarters is located at 52 St. Stephen’s Green. The OPW Contact information is as follows:



Phone: 353-1-6476000
LoCall: 1890 213414
Fax: 353-1-6610747

The EU is apparently operating under the belief that works on the M3 ceased pending hearing at the Court of Justice. Read the rest of this entry »