Pobal Chill Chomáin

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Pobal Chill Chomáin (PCC, English: People of Kilcommon, also informally known as Gas to Glinsk) is a pressure group based in the parish of Kilcommon in County Mayo, Ireland.[1] It split from the larger Shell to Sea campaign in April 2008. Vincent McGrath, one of the Rossport Five, is its chairman.

After its members campaigned for many years against Shell and the Irish government's actions, PCC proposed that the refinery site be moved to Glinsk, a large uninhabited area a few miles to the east of the intended pipeline route and refinery. The proposal was publicly backed by Labour Party president Michael D. Higgins, Bishop of Killala Dr. John Fleming, and local Fine Gael Teachta Dála Michael Ring but rejected by Shell and the government.

PCC submitted an application to the European Commission seeking an injunction suspending State consents for the Mayo gas project. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has deemed a PCC complaint about the three oil companies involved admissible (for breaching their guidelines for multinationals), and has offered to mediate between the two sides.[2] After the failure of a forum which refused to countenance any going back on decisions already made regarding the refinery and pipeline locations, Shell and the government agreed to talks without preconditions in March 2009.[3] PCC members have reported being under surveillance by the Garda Síochána.[1]

In March 2009, PCC and S2S members removed a net erected by Shell sub-contractors Belcross from Glengad beach. The net was intended to prevent sand martins nesting in the dunes by the beach. On 23 April 2009, Willie Corduff, a PCC member, was hospitalised in the early hours of the morning after an alleged assault by security staff during a protest at Shell works at Glengad.[4][5]

In June 2009 PCC members Vincent McGrath with Willie and Mary Corduff had a meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador to discuss local concerns about the project.[6]

In an effort to resolve issues, the OECD is to host talks between Pobal Chill Chomáin and Shell EP Ireland, mainly centred on a complaint by Pobal Chill Chomáin that the project violates OECD guidelines for multinational companies.[7]

There was no outcome of any merit in the OECD complaint and since then PCC have been largely quiescent; PCC does not hold any public meetings, has no website and doesn't issue press releases - it is largely defunct.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ryan, Áine (2008-07-01). "Meeting promised: Superintendent will meet community leaders about monitoring concerns". Mayo News. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  2. ^ Siggins, Lorna (2009-03-03). "OECD to offer mediation in Corrib gas dispute". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Ministers hold talks on Corrib gas today". The Irish Times. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ Protester claims he was beaten up, Irish Times, April 23, 2009, 13:18.
  5. ^ "Ministers to speak on Corrib pipeline". The Irish Times. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  6. ^ Curr, Geraldine (2009-06-26). "Pobal Chill Chomáin meet with Norwegian Ambassador". Mayo Advertiser. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  7. ^ "OECD to host talk in Dublin on Corrib gas dispute". The Irish Times. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2010-08-27.