Ireland has been awash in headlines over the past month about the
conviction of Pat O'Donnell and Maura Harrington. These two activists,
who spend every waking moment protecting their families and community
from the Corrib Gas Project, were sentenced to between 7 and 12 months
in prison. In his remarks, the judge called O'Donnell a "bully and
thug," while saying that Harrington was a "vigilante."
Now, the other side of the story is being told. An in-depth article written by one of O'Donnell's colleagues
dispels the myths and rebuts the claims that O'Donnell is a bully and a
thug. Instead, it portrays O'Donnell as a passionate activist fighting
for the survival of his family and community. This piece also provides
an excellent background to the Corrib Gas Project and the protests it
UPDATE: Since O'Donnell was jailed,several local groups have been holding vigils demanding the release of the activist. They vow to continue to put pressure on Shell and the Irish government to release O'Donnell.