Own Our Oil's book is now free to download

 A summarised version of "Own Our Oil - The Fight for Irish Economic Freedom" is now freely available to download here. Please download, read and share it. And then get involved. Thank you.

Prime Time Feature with Minister Pat Rabbitte and oil industry representatives

Own Our Oil was invited by RTÉ's Prime Time to take part in a discussion on Irish oil and gas licensing on Tuesday March 11th. Eddie fought our corner and some of our members spoke from the studio audience- also on the discussion panel were Minister Pat Rabbitte of the DCENR,  TD Richard Boyd Barrett and David Horgan, the MD of Petrel Resources.Here is a link to the recording on the RTÉ website. The discussion starts at 12minutes 50 seconds into the show. Click here to see the main points and some analysis.We'd like to hear your thoughts on it, so please drop us a line - through  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the "Get InvOOOlved" form here on the right.We also encourage you to have your say on Twitter and/or Facebook.We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. 

Under the current licensing terms we have no ownership over any oil found nor do we have any guaranteed supply rights to any oil or gas discovered in Ireland. If oil is found, it will most likely be sent directly to overseas refineries.
Why are we giving away our resources and not securing our rights to supply?

The Challenge is to change Irish oil and gas licensing terms to benefit Ireland.

The question is not whether Ireland has viable deposits of oils and gas, it is why have we transferred ownership to private industry for so little?

Under current licencing terms, the Irish exchequer would receive little or no return from the exploitation of our natural resources. Irish licences grant total legal ownership of our potential oil and gas fields to licence holders. Should deposits be found in the future, the only people benefiting will be shareholders. A considerable percentage of Irish prospects have already been licensed/optioned - cherry-picked based on available seismic data. The next round of licensing is scheduled to open in April this year.



Own Our Oil took to the road in December to meet people and get plans in place for 2014. We told our story and listened to yours, on tour with Ireland's best balladeer bard.

Singer Songwriter Declan O'Rourke has written a collection of beautiful, powerful and thought-provoking songs which tell the story of Ireland's history during the Great Famine. Parallels between the hardship and inequities of that time and today's Ireland are one of the themes that we look at in our forthcoming book. Whilst researching for the album, Declan discovered Own Our Oil and very kindly offered us an opportunity to get the message across at his gigs in Ireland. One of our members gave a short talk before each Declan's gigs in the Republic to raise awareness and get to meet people with a view to setting up regional groups for forthcoming planned projects.

The support which was received was most heartening. People shared great ideas and insights and we will be building on this over the coming weeks and months.

... that is the question that we have asked and we are delighted to say that in a short timeframe, thousands of people have stood up to the mark to be counted and the number is growing every day.

We have received great ideas, insights, encouragement and support from all over Ireland and from further afield. For that we thank you all, but we must keep growing rapidly and spreading the word - it is getting through to people quickly and soon it will be getting through to our politicians. Everyone can help in this first and most vital task of adding to the numbers of people who want a better deal for Ireland from our oil and gas licensing terms.

We are pooling the volunteered insights and expertise to put them to their best use. You can be part of this from square one. Please make sure to register your interest and any insights on our "get invOOOlved" form on the top right, so that we can be sure not to leave you out as developments arise. Thank you.

Ireland's history is littered with examples of poor natural resource management. Our oil licensing mismanagment stretches from the 1950s to today. We now stand at a crossroads, with the opportunity to make amends.

However if we don't act urgently, we will look back and wonder why...

"There will be jobs, loads of jobs….”  This is a myth. Oil prospecting companies are under no obligation to create Irish jobs under the licensing terms. Jobs will likely be filled by skilled workers from overseas while refining of oil will probably be carried out in the UK or Holland.
There is no obligation or security for Irish jobs on the rig or onshore.

Thank you for your interest in this vitally important issue for Ireland.

The change that is needed will come from the grassroots up. We need local communities to get involved and get informed of the issues. Please contact us through the "get invOOOlved" form on the top right here to let us know what your ideas are.

Together we will make this happen.

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