Monday, 20 September 2010

Pipe Down - Documentary on the struggle of a small community on the west coast of Ireland against Shell

Pipe Down from Cian O on Vimeo.

Winner - Best Feature Documentary - Waterford Film Festival 2009 *

Pipe Down is an hour long documentary that tells the story of a rural community in Co. Mayo in Ireland, who have been battling the oil giant Shell over their plans to put a dangerous raw gas pipeline through the community and complete construction of a gas processing terminal that is a threat to their delicate environment.

The documentary features interviews with Colin Joyce of Shell Ireland; Willie Corduff, a local farmer & one of the Rossport Five; Pat O'Donnell, a local fisherman; Gerry Coyle, a County Councillor for the area (Fine Gael); Eoin O'Leidhin & Diane Amber, activists with the Shell-to-Sea group; Terence Conway, a spokesperson for the Shell-to-Sea group; and Niall Harnett, who co-ordinates the solidarity camp in the area.

One of the real disgraces of the campaign is that the Irish Green Party, once supporters of the campaign, refused to support them once they got into government and a Green (Eamonn Ryan) became Minister for Energy and Communications.

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