Shell battle puts Mayo in a spin

In June 2005, five Mayo men were jailed for their opposition to Shell’s plans to bring gas onshore from a find off the Mayo coast.

19th August, 2006

In June 2005, five Mayo men were jailed for their opposition to Shell’s plans to bring gas onshore from a find off the Mayo coast. The Rossport Five’s incarceration catapulted the story of the Corrib gas field onto the national agenda - yet neither side was prepared for the media frenzy.

Shell, a multinational oil company, had just two staff in its Irish media office, and delegated inquiries to Financial Dynamics, its...

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