This estuary and the surrounding area is an EU-designated Special Conservation Area. It’s also where Shell want to dig a tunnel and run a high pressure gas pipeline underwater to an inland gas refinery. It’s a remote corner of the country but it’s been in the eye of a storm for the last few years pitting the local community and environmental and social justice activists against the interests of an oil multinational and the Irish government. The gas is valued at 450Billion Euro and the Irish government refuses to re-negotiate the deal done with Shell. Not only will the tax that Shell pay be one of the lowest in the world but they will also pay no royalty payments under the current terms. Contract terms are sacred you see, unless you’re an Irish bank bondholder that is, in which case we’ll review contracts in case of any losses incurred.
I got there late in the evening after some more night cycling through rural Mayo. If you’re ever going cycling, Continue reading