We Only Want The Earth!

Reclaim Our Natural Resources

“...we declare that the nation’s sovereignty extends not only to all men and women of the Nation, but to all its material possessions, the Nations soil and all its resources, all the wealth and all the wealth-producing processes within the Nation...It shall be our duty to promote the development of the Nation's resources...to exploit its mineral resources...for the benefit of the Irish people.”

~ Democratic Programme of the First Dáil, 1919

We Only Want the Earth – Ireland’s Oil & Gas for the people of Ireland

Like those who drafted the Democratic Programme quoted above, éirígí believes that the Irish people have a fundamental right to the ownership of all of Ireland’s natural resources. In other words éirígí believes that Ireland’s naturally occurring wealth should be used for the benefit of the many and not just the few. The wealth generated from resources such as farmland, forestry, peat bogs, fisheries, oil, gas, wave/wind power, lead, zinc etc should be used for the provision of public services such as healthcare, education, housing and so forth.

In recent years a number of Irish oil and gas reserves have been discovered. Together they are potentially worth hundreds of billions of euro. Despite the obvious strategic importance of these reserves the Dublin government has handed over the rights to all Irish oil and gas explorations to a host of domestic and foreign private energy companies.

This ongoing act of economic treason is greatly exacerbated by the fact that energy prices are set to rise steeply over the coming decades as the world’s oil reserves dwindle. The human cost of these increasing energy prices is already apparent. In Ireland hundreds of thousands are struggling to heat their homes as the reality of fuel poverty takes hold in post-‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland. A staggering 3,000 people die each year in Ireland due to preventable, cold-related illness.

Through its We Only Want the Earth! campaign, éirígí has been to the fore in the fight to protect Ireland’s oil and gas reserves from the parasitic clutches of the private energy companies. As one of the constituent organisations within the Shell to Sea campaign éirígí has assisted in stalling Shell’s exploitation of the Corrib gas field for more than five years.

We Only Want the Earth! has seen éirígí activist distribute tens of thousands of information leaflets, posters and stickers relating to Shell’s controversial Corrib project. éirígí activists have organised, and participated in, countless anti-Shell protests and direct actions in Mayo, Dublin, Belfast, Wicklow, Sligo, Donegal and elsewhere.

The response of the state and the private energy companies to these legitimate peaceful protests has been entirely predictable. Both the Gardai and Shell’s private ‘security contractors’ have subjected éirígí activists to a range of reprehensible tactics including verbal abuse, intimidation, physical assault, arrest and trial. These tactics have not, and will not, deter éirígí from protecting that which rightfully belongs to the people of Ireland.

We Only Want the Earth! is calling for:

  • The ending of all ongoing negotiations in relation to further oil and gas exploration, pending the introduction of new terms for same.
  • The renegotiation of all existing oil and gas exploration contracts on the basis of returning ownership of all oil and gas reserves to the Irish people.
  • The establishment of a new state-controlled oil and gas exploration company.
  • The development of a new set of terms for all future oil and gas exploration. Such terms would include the participation of the state-controlled oil and gas company as the major partner in all exploration projects. Where it is necessary to include private energy companies on such projects appropriate rates of taxation shall be paid.

‘We Only Want the Earth!’ has already succeeded in:

  • Raising awareness in relation to the issue of Ireland’s oil and gas reserves and the use to which they are put.
  • Highlighting and directly challenging the Dublin government on its oil and gas giveaway.
  • Directly challenging the private energy companies involved in the robbery of Ireland’s oil and gas reserves.
  • Contributing to the stalling of Shell’s exploitation of the Corrib gas field.
  • Assisting in the building of popular opposition to the oil and gas giveaway.
  • Providing solidarity and practical support to individuals, organisations and communities that are actively resisting the oil and gas giveaway.


Click on the links below to read stories from the éirígí archive related to this campaign.

02/11/12: Dublin Government Preparing for Water Privatisation....éirígí Councillor John Dwyer has warned that householders in County Wexford are to be targeted as part of a state-wide roll out of a water metering system.....read more>>

18/10/12: éirígí Successfully Picket Pat Rabbitte’s Office....Last Saturday saw éirígí hold a successful protest outside the constituency office of the Twenty-Six County Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, on Tallaght Main Street in West Dublin.....read more>>

06/10/12: Protest at Pat Rabbitte’s Office Announced....On Saturday, October 13, éirígí Tallaght will hold a demonstration at the constituency office of Twenty-Six County Labour Minister Pat Rabbitte, in protest at the recent announcement of an 8.5 percent price hike in gas bills.....read more>>

01/08/12: It’s Not Too Late to Stop Shell in Mayo....Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson has stated that it is still not too late to stop the giveaway of the Corrib Gas Field.....read more>>

25/07/12: €160,000,000,000 Barryroe Oil Field Must be Nationalised....Responding to the latest disclosure in relation to the Barryroe Oil Field, Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson has re-iterated the socialist republican party’s call for the nationalisation of Ireland’s hydro-carbon reserves.....read more>>

    12/05/12: Nationalise the Barryroe Oil Field....

    13/11/11: Resistance to Shell continues – Shell to Sea Day of Solidarity....

    09/11/11: Shell to Sea Day of Solidarity – November 11....

    19/09/11: Sligo Protest Demands Ban on ‘Fracking’....

    30/07/11: August Day of Action – Shell to Sea struggle continues....

    08/07/11: Wicklow Anti-Shell protest spells it out – “Nationalise the Corrib Gas”....

    10/05/11: Saor Éire 2011 A Great Success....

    21/04/11: May Day – Mobilise for Mayo....

    12/04/11: The Garda ‘Rape Tape’ and Policing in Corrib....

    06/04/11: Garda Behaviour Slammed....

    05/04/11: Gardaí threaten to rape women involved in Shell to Sea demonstrations – shocking evidence revealed....


    01/04/11: Shell to Sea Campaigners Violently Attacked – Mobilise for Mayo!....

    21/01/11: Shell to Sea Vows to Escalate Campaign....

    01/09/10: Shell Takeover of Ireland ‘Complete’....

    19/07/10: The Chief Welcomed Home....

    15/07/10: Castlerea demo to mark Pat O’Donnell’s Release....

    28/06/10: Solidarity Protest as Harrington is Jailed Once Again....

    26/05/10: Shell to Sea Occupy Dublin Department of Natural Resources....

    18/05/10: Freedom for Pat O’Donnell....

    23/04/10: éirígí condemn jailing of Shell to Sea activist Niall Harnett....

    29/03/10: éirígí slam Devins hypocrisy over Corrib gas controversy....

    26/03/10: Rally for Pat O’Donnell....

    17/03/10: éirígí slam Devins hypocrisy over Corrib gas controversy....

    13/02/10: The courts do Shell’s dirty work: Release Pat O’Donnell....

    11/12/09: Release Maura Harrington....

    04/11/09: Setback for Shell in Mayo....

    31/07/09: Shell to Sea Activists Imprisoned – Protests Continue....

    18/07/09: Shell to Sea – Greens at Sea!....

    06/07/09: Twenty-Six County’s Week of Shame in Mayo....

    22/06/09: Shell Spin Conference Disrupted....

    16/06/09: More Natural Resources Discovered, More Given Away....

    15/06/09: Shell Guilty – Time to Defend the People of Mayo....

    11/06/09: Putting Pressure on the Culprits in Corrib....

    06/06/09: Resistance in Rossport....

    01/06/09: Shell Indicted for Crimes Against Humanity....

    22/05/09: Joining the Dots of Struggle – 2009 Ard-Fheis Open Session....

    19/05/09: Release Maura Harrington Now....

    24/04/09: Shell Tries to Secure Robbery of Irish Gas and Oil....

    31/03/09: Lively Vigil For Maura Harrington....

    20/03/09: Intimidation of Shell to Sea campaigners intensifies....

    16/03/09: éirígí demand immediate release of Shell to Sea campaigner....

    17/12/08: The Six Counties – A Literal Cold House....

    26/11/08: Take the Power Back from the Multinationals....

    23/09/08: Photo Montage from a fortnight of activism ....

    19/09/08: Now, Let’s Take Back the Gas!....

    11/09/08: Great Gas Robbery Highlighted....

    05/09/08: Solidarity Call From Mayo....

    16/02/08: éirígí Natural Resource Activists Convicted....

    11/01/08: Report From éirígí Activists Trial In Belmullet, Co Mayo....

    23/12/07: U-Turn on Twenty-Six County School Water Charges....

    10/11/07: Sit-Down Protests at Shell’s Refinery Site....

    01/11/07: Pickets of Shell Service Stations in Tallaght and Beaumont....

    13/10/07: Shell’s Fencing Pulled Down and Returned to Sender....

    14/09/07: Shell Refinery Site Occupation....

    11/07/07: Natural Resource Picket of Bertie Ahern’s Office....

    15/06/07: Video Footage from Shell Headquarters Blockade....

    23/05/07: Bord Gáis Initiate Legal Proceedings to Shut éirígí Website....

    18/05/07: Shell HQ blockaded and work suspended....

    27/04/07: Shell Headquarters Blockaded....

    15/04/07: Shell Refinery Site Occupation and Arrests....

    13/04/07: Natural Resource Picket at Bertie Ahern’s Office....

    05/04/07: Bringing the Message to Bord Gáis Headquarters....

    27/03/07: Shell Headquarters Occupied....

    10/03/07: Shell Headquarters Locked Down Again!....

    02/03/07: Tell on Shell - Shell Headquarters Locked Down....

    24/02/07: Reject Their Hollow Threats....

    20/02/07: Occupation of Shell Refinery Site....

    05/02/07: Anti-Water Charges Campaign grows in strength....

    20/01/07: Natural Resource Picket at Bertie Ahern’s Office....

    10/11/06: Garda Brutality at Lennons Quarry....

    16/11/06: Photos of Garda Brutality....

    07/10/06: Picket of Tallaght Shell Service Station....

    27/09/06: Shell vows to restart gas project despite protest....

    21/08/06: Shell to Sea press release 21/08/06....

    19/08/06: Shell To Sea: The Long Walk - a review....

 

Additional Campaign Pages

Ireland’s Energy Facts

How Much Oil & Gas?

The Oil and Gas Giveaway

Rising Energy Prices

Fuel Poverty

The International Experience

The Battle of Corrib

Campaign Leaflet

Campaign Posters & Stickers


Campaign Links

Shell To Sea

Campaign Photos
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