Author Archives: William Hederman

Surge of opposition to Rabbitte’s plan to issue licences

Despite the mounting swell of criticism from economists, commentators, campaigners and politicians, Pat Rabbitte is stubbornly insisting on granting more exploration licences – on Ireland’s notoriously bad terms – to companies keen to extract Ireland’s oil and gas reserves. In a stunning … Continue reading

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Ireland’s share of revenue from its gas fields could be as low as 7%, report shows

The tax write-offs under Ireland’s licensing terms for oil and gas are so generous, oil companies could end up paying the exchequer as little as 7% of the revenue from Irish gas fields. This shocking figure is extrapolated from information … Continue reading

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Oil companies plan to export directly from Irish oil fields

Oil might never come ashore here: no security of supply, no jobs, no investment Currently the stock defence offered for Ireland’s excessively generous licensing terms for oil and gas is that they encourage exploration, which in turn will create jobs, … Continue reading

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Sunday Independent smear over ‘rape tape’ backfires

Dubious claims reported by certain crime correspondents have long played a role in undermining the campaign against Shell’s inland refinery in Mayo. So when a video recording of Gardaí at the Corrib protests in Co Mayo talking about raping a woman … Continue reading

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Rabbitte’s gas price gaffe on Morning Ireland

Pat Rabbitte displayed a stunning ignorance of his brief on today’s Morning Ireland (June 1st, 2011). The notion that the Corrib project will bring down the price of gas in Ireland has been repeatedly exposed as nonsense. Yet this morning … Continue reading

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How the West was divided

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Once Upon a Time in the West: The Corrib Gas Controversy’ Lorna Siggins Transworld Ireland £14.99 [ First published in the Irish Examiner on January 15th, 2011 – in a slightly shorter, edited version ] by William Hederman … Continue reading

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The mythical pipeline from Russia

Cork is not a county I know well, but I can say with confidence that it isn’t a politically ‘unstable region’. I don’t go to Scotland much either, but again, I know it’s not one of the notoriously volatile parts … Continue reading

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ARCHIVE: Prominent Shell to Sea activist to oversee Corrib project

[ This article was first published on Indymedia Ireland on June 16th, 2007 ] June 16th, 2007: Following several years of campaigning with the Shell to Sea campaign, Green Party TD Eamonn Ryan has been appointed to the ministry with … Continue reading

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New book tells Rossport Five’s own story

[ This article was first published on Indymedia Ireland on Friday, January 5th, 2007 ] The Rossport Five were back in the capital today to launch ‘Our Story – the Rossport Five’, their account of their time in prison in … Continue reading

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Myth-making obscures realities of Corrib

[ Opinion piece written in November 2006; offered to several newspapers; not published ] By William Hederman Minister Noel Dempsey’s latest contribution to the debate over the Corrib Gas project is a claim that a fellow TD overheard a mobile … Continue reading

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