Shell resume work at Aughoose - national day of action called


Rossport Solidarity Camp (RSC) reported Friday morning that Shell was finally resumed work at the compound in Aughoose. In response a national day of a action has been called for 29th July. The compound in Aughoose is where Shell intend to start digging the tunnel to house a section of the experimental high pressure raw gas pipeline that has been opposed for a decade by the local community.

On Friday morning the private security company IRMS had 70+ personnel there who illegally closed off the main Aughoose to Glengad road while a digger and port-a-cabin were brought into the compound on two tractors and trailers. According to an RSC article "Seven people from the Rossport Solidarity Camp ran down to try and intervene but a long line of IRMS had the road blocked off, and several people were assaulted by IRMS on the public road. Two people had to receive medical attention. One person has made a statement to the gardaí regarding the assaults, but the gardaí were quite reluctant to receive the statement."

During the week successive actions had been carried out at then e Bord na Móna site in Shramore outside Bangor Erris where Shell intends to store the 125,000 tonnes of peat to be removed from the bog at the Aughoose site. During the week Shell to Sea campaigners "have been occupying trucks and diggers, blocking the front gates with concrete lock-ons, and putting barricades in the roads on-site."

A mass day of action is planned for the end of next week, Friday 29th but again who can is encouraged to get to the RSC ASAP to help with resistance all of next week. RSC can be contacted at To get in touch with the camp: 085 114 1170 or rossportsolidaritycamp[at]gmail[dot]com

WORDS: Andrew Flood IMAGE:  j debender - Rossport Solidarity Camp via

If your in Dublin you can get a bus to the day of action next Thursday evening with Dublin Shell to Sea. Details are below

Dublin Shell to Sea are organising a bus leaving 6pm Thursday evening to return Friday evening. For more details contact them at at phone: 086 736 2417 Tickets are now on sale in Connolly Books shop (next to the Projects Arts Centre) on East Essex Street. The bus will be leaving from outside the Writers Museum / Hugh Lane Gallery at 18:00 on Thursday 28th July eve and will return to Dublin on Friday eve. Tickets cost €25 employed / €10 unemployed but as always cost should not deter anyone from travelling. If you can't afford the ticket price just let us know and we will sort it out for you. Please call the Dublin Shell to Sea phone on 086 736 2417 or email for further information.

Read background articles and a history of the struggle against Shell in Erris