For the first time the Rossport Five talk directly about their experiences confronting the might of Shell Oil. There are vivid descriptions of the sense of siege felt in the small village of Rossport as the enormous Corrib gas project was being prepared and developed. The men and their wives describe their frantic efforts to prevent Shell entering their lands. In moving language, they detail their isolation and fear as Shell applied concerted pressure on them to consent to their project. This culminated in Shell's decision to seek to commit the men to prison indefinitely.The book provides vivid first-time accounts of their prison experiences, how these ordinary citizens endured the efforts by the State and the multinational to force them to abandon their opposition. The men outline the wave of support which reached them in prison and made them more steadfast in their determination to defend the health and safety of their families and communities. Finally, they describe how these experiences have affected them personally. This dramatic account offers a series of telling insights into contemporary Ireland.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 'It would be the end of our life if Shell got in here'; 'There was nobody asking questions'; 'You cannot buy safety and happiness'; The onward struggle for justice; 'We were not overawed, we had right on our side'.