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Rossport resident John Monaghan speaks on the struggle to send Shell To Sea

category ireland / britain | community struggles | link to audio author Thursday March 01, 2007 20:27author by W. - WSM - personal capacity Report this post to the editors

John Monaghan is a resident of Rossport county Mayo and part of the Shell To Sea campaign. Shell's pipeline, if it were built, would be located less than 70km from his home. Here he speaks about how the jailing of his father in law Micheál Ó Seighin drew him into the campaign and how the struggle against Shell has raised greater national questions for him about local democracy and control of natural resources.

Audio interview at

"Every problem we are facing in this country right now, like the health crisis...seems to be a lack of money, and we are giving this natural resource away when we should be developing it for the good of the country."

John also discusses last Fridays direct action, which stopped work at the refinery site for the first time since it began last October, and how the campaign can move on from here.

Audio interview at

If you are interested in hearing more from John Monaghan and the struggle against Shell he will be speaking this Saturday at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair.

Saturday 3rd March
Teachers club, 36 Parnell square
Rossport: In Defiance of the State
4:00pm – 5:00pm
"John Monaghan from Rossport speaks about the ongoing battle in North Mayo as a community fights to protect itself against Shell, a multinational with a track record for maltreating communities which they operate in."


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