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Gas, Oil and the Irish StateUnderstanding the Dynamics and Conflicts of Hydrocarbon Management$
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Amanda Slevin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992743

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992743.001.0001

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Resistance grows

Resistance grows

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(p.27) 2 Resistance grows
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Gas, Oil and the Irish State
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Amanda Slevin

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784992743.003.0002

Opposition to the Corrib gas project entered a new phase in mid-2005 when five men were jailed for refusing to obey a High Court injunction taken against them by Shell. Rather than dissuade people from opposing the project, the jailing of the ‘Rossport Five’ served to escalate resistance while projecting the issue into the country's media as a national, rather than simply local, dispute. This chapter articulates the multiplicity of issues underpinning resistance and provides historical detail on the progress of the Corrib gas project. Attention is paid to civil society reactions such as nonviolent direct action alongside the deployment of state and private actor coercive tactics to repress such dissent, juxtaposed with efforts to build consent. This chapter advances analysis of the dispute by emphasising the state's role and illustrating how the state's defective approach has led to emergent controversies surrounding potential onshore gas production via ‘fracking’ and possible near-shore oil production in Dublin Bay. Raising key questions around how and why the state developed such an approach to the management of its gas and oil, this chapter sets the scene for an examination of the historical development of the Irish model which occurs in subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   ‘Rossport Five’, Resistance, State and private actor coercion, Efforts at consent formation, ‘Fracking’, Oil production, Flawed policy framework

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