Irish Natural Resources

Confrontation at site of Corrib pipeline
July 23, 2008, 11:15 pm
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Protests have occured at Glengad for the second day at the Corrib Gas Pipe line in Co Mayo local people have clashed with security staff employed by contractors working on the project. The protest took place at Glengad Beach where the pipeline from the off shore gas field is to be brought ashore. There were a series of scuffles as local residents tried to stop construction work at the site.

The resident’s organisation Pobal Chill Chomian called on the Green minister’s for the Environment and communications John Gormley and Eamon Ryan to order the work to be halted until rigorous geologic survey and examination is completed. In a statement Shell E&P Ireland Limited said the protest had a minimal impact on the work schedule and the company had obtained all necessary permits and consents for the work.

Shell went on to state that the site excavation works at Glengad are being witnessed by staff from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Gardaí, who were at the scene, made no arrests. Yesterday 12 people were arrested and subsequently released, a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The 12, who are members of a newly formed community group, were taking part in a protest at Glengad Beach where the pipeline is due to brought ashore. The group is opposing the location of the €300m gas refinery 9km inland at Bellanboy.

The group says it wants the gas refinery relocated to an area on the north coast of Mayo where they say will present less of a health and safety hazard to the local community and the environment.


“Confrontation at site of Corrib pipeline” – RTE News (

“12 released after Corrib pipeline protest” – RTE News (


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