G8 Summit and Activism Against Oil Pipeline Could Lead to More Trouble in Northern Ireland

Picture: US Govt. (PD)

Picture: US Govt. (PD)

Panagioti writes at Earth First! Newswire:

Yesterday began the weekend of events surrounding the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair in Ireland. I wasn’t planning to write an article about it—actually, I was just trying to coordinate getting a box of Earth First! Journals over there, and find some one to sit next to our table for the day.

As you may have guessed, it turned out to not be that simple. While I found some folks to hang out at the EF! Journal table, I also found out a few other things which caught my attention, namely that the next G8 meeting and the annual June action camp against Shell’s infamous gas pipelineare being planned over there in tandem, which sent me down a winding path of research and reflection.

Our neighbors across the Atlantic might still have a couple months of being cold and wet, but it’s looking like it things could really heat up in Ireland this Summer…

With the G8 planning to meet in County Fermanagh and the Rossport Solidarity Camp planning to celebrate 13 years of fighting “the pipe” in County Mayo, it seems that eco-resistance and anti-capitalist movements could get a much needed boost there in Éire, oh yeah, and in Northern Ireland too.

Troubles with the G8

For those who don’t live there, and have never visited, the border between the Republic of Ireland and the counties in the province of Ulster, which are still occupied by the UK, can get pretty blurry and confusing.

As with many social struggles that we may only hear about through big media outlets, it can be easy to get distracted by the supposed complexities of history, culture or religion which tend to be emphasized. But also as in most conflicts, the bulk of strife boils down to greed and control.

By the early 20th Century, Belfast had become the largest city in Ireland and Ulster’s economy was closely integrated with the British Empire’s industrialism. The further from Belfast, the less colonial control maintained by the UK.

And Co. Fermanagh is just far enough to be renowned for electing Provisional IRAhunger-strikerBobby Sands as a Member of Parliament in April 1981, shortly before his death. Sands was a political prisoner who died in the H Block (or Long Kesh), a prison in Northern Ireland that was used to torture and repress IRA militants during “the Troubles” from mid-1971 to mid-2000.

In announcing the coming G8 plans to meet in Northern Ireland’s Lough Erne Hotel and Golf Resort, The British prime minister David Cameron had this to say: “I want the world to see what a fantastic place Northern Ireland is… This will be a great moment for Northern Ireland.”

Seems, in all his enthusiasm, Dave might want to make sure that he also mentions the group Oglaigh Na hEireann (ONH) claiming a car bomb abandoned in County Fermanagh last month was intended to be detonated at the fancy hotel hosting the G8 summit of world leaders in June, and perhaps also that the “new” IRA have been intensifying their attacks on security forces, mainly the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), and other strategic targets. In a coded statement to The Guardian, ONH offered this early greeting to the global elite: “Car bomb defused in County Fermanagh on Sat 23rd March. Target was hotel hosting G8 summit in June.”

Read more here.

  • Rhoid Rager

    We’re going to have similar problems here in North America with the Keystone XL pipeline. Give ‘em hell Irish anarchists!

  • BuzzCoastin

    sounds like the makings of a fine Irish Wake

    — South I see.
    You’re up-inLeal–Ulster and I’m-free-Down-inEasia,
    this is much better.
    He is cured by faith who is sick of fate…
    Now, the doctrine obtains,
    we have occasioning cause causing effects and affects
    occasionally recausing altereffects.
    Or I will let me take it upon myself to suggest to twist Ihe penman’s tale posterwise.
    The gist is the gist of Shaum but the hand
    is the hand of Sameas. Shan — Shim — Schung.

    • Spasmodius

      Hopefully the spirit of Finn will indeed awaken again during the forthcoming protests!

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