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.
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.
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.
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 jobsâ€¦.â€ť 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.
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.