Latest information on the campaign against oil rigs in Dublin Bay
On behalf of the Clontarf Residents' Association, we would like to update you on what's happening in relation to the campaign against the oil rigs going in to Dublin Bay off the coast of Dalkey.
There have been a number of public meetings around the Bay about this issue which affects and should be of interest to all citizens.
There is also a public meeting planned in Clontarf tomorrow night which we would encourage residents to attend in order to raise awareness of what's at stake here.
A number of different groups are campaigning against the plans, so the opposition is gathering momentum. We would encourage all residents to get informed about what's happening in Dublin Bay.
As a rough guide, here is some information about the various groups involved and where you can find out more:
1. Save Our Seafront.
- Chaired by Richard Boyd Barrett, TD
- Key contact: Melisa Halpin (M:086 3805793, W: 01 6183366)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upcoming events: Meeting in St. Anthony's Old Church on Thursday 6th December at 8.15pm. Speakers include: Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Caoimhe Kerins (Dublin Shell to Sea), Ex Oil Rig Worker, local fishermen.
2. Protect Our Coast
- Website: www.protectourcoast.net
- The next meeting is in the RDS on 15th December and is being organised by Dublin/Wicklow residents & 'Protect Our Coast' a non political group that was formed in January 2012 in response to the foreshore licence application with the addition of the support of resident associations other concerned non-political groups. Bay-Wide Public Meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/315783101867906/
- On the same day they are also running a charity concert starring among others Liam O'Maonlai. Love Dublin Bay Concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/294784257304709/
3. Dublin Bay Concern
- Website: www.DublinBayConcern.ie
- Key contacts: Sharin Fitter, Stephen Vard
THE FOLLOWING EMAILS WERE RECEIVED BY THE CRA FROM THE ABOVE GROUPS:
1. EMAIL RECEIVED FROM SAVE OUR SEAFRONT
From: "Veronica Heywood"
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:31:21 -0000
Subject: Fw: SOS Campaign to keep Dublin Bay Oil Rig Free - Upcoming Events - Clontarf Meeting 6 December
Dear Members of the Dublin Bay Alliance,
Invitation to meeting in Clontarf, please forward.
Best wishes from Veronica
From: Save Our Seafront
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 10:49 AM
Subject: SOS Campaign to keep Dublin Bay Oil Rig Free - Upcoming Events - Clontarf Meeting 6 December
We have finally pinned down an information meeting in Clontarf as part of SOS campaign to keep Dublin Bay Oil Rig Free:
Thurs 6 December @ 8.15
St Anthonys Town Hall
- Richard Boyd Barrett TD
- Caoimhe Kerins (Dublin Shell to Sea)
- Ex Oil Rig Worker
- Local Fishermen
If you have any contacts in Clontarf & surrounding areas please let them know today !
Sorry for short notice
Save Our Seafront
Chairperson:Richard Boyd Barrett
2. EMAIL RECEIVED FROM PROTECT OUR COAST
URGENT BAY-WIDE Public Meeting to address the public concerns in relation to the foreshore oil drilling licence been granted within 4 miles of the Dublin coast.
RDS Concert Hall, Saturday, December 15th (THIS MEETING IS POSTPONED)
Public Meeting at 12 Noon to 1.30pm
Love Dublin Bay Concert at 8pm until late (THIS CONCERT IS POSTPONED)
The meeting is being organised by Dublin/Wicklow residents & 'Protect Our Coast' a non political group that was formed in January 2012 in response to the foreshore licence application with the addition of the support of resident associations other concerned non-political groups.
Residents from all over the Dublin Bay Area, Wicklow Coast and beyond are encouraged to attend. There is little time left for us to put a stop to the licence going ahead and if we show our strength in unity and numbers we have a much better chance of protecting one thing that we all have in common, our bay.
The meeting will be informative of the current situation and also present alternative approaches to the current national energy and licencing policies.
-Regional Environmental Impact of Exploration in the Dublin foreshore
-Fiscal Terms (owning our resources)
-Ireland's Energy Future Plan
-Recent development for protected areas in Dublin Bay
-Input from various groups and organisations
LOVE DUBLIN BAY CONCERT 8PM Admission €10
In addition there will be a non-profit Dublin Bay appreciation concert in the evening at the same venue 8PM:
Liam ó Maonlaí, The Darling Sins & more to be announced, Poetry & Visuals + DJS
More info go to www.protectourcoast.net
Please join and share the Facebook event links:
Bay-Wide Public Meeting:
Love Dublin Bay Concert:
We only have weeks to act.
Please help to spread the word!
3. EMAIL RECEIVED FROM DUBLIN BAY CONCERN
Please ask your residents to see Dublinbayconcern.ie for more information and also sign the petition on the website.
I would like to bring your attention to the latest proof of the lack of independent consultation by the government in granting the foreshore license to Providence Resources. The Minister for Art, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan yesterday proposed more than 27,000 hectares from Dalkey Island northwards across Dublin Bay to Swords be designated as a national conservation area. This is in line with EU Habitat directives and will not allow Providence to drill in this area. We have known about this law for a year now. Why did Jan O'Sullivan and the Department of the Environment not do their homework? These are our precious resources and should be taken seriously.
No other civilized nation would allow an oil rig 6k's from the shore in a national conservation area. We would like to know why and which councillors voted against the motion last February to ask the minister for the environment to refuse a foreshore exploration license to Providence Resources.
There is growing concern amongst the local community and the Dublin bay residence associations. The public is becoming more educated about our poor oil and gas tax terms and Eddie Hobbs spoke about this on the Pat Kenny show yesterday morning.
There is a new motion on the council agenda to ask the minister to withdraw the exploration license. We have been asked to publish which way councillors voted last February and which way you will vote for this motion. Can you please e mail me back your decision so we can notify our supporters?
We look forward to seeing you at the next council meeting.