Public Book Launch
Eason's Bookstore, O'Connell Street, Dublin - 11.30am - 1pm - Saturday March 8th.
It would be great to meet and thank as many as possible of the great people who have been encouraging Own Our Oil to get to this point, and to get your momentum behind the next phase of the campaign.
Own Our Oil has just published a book which will set out the story behind Ireland's oil and gas stewardship and will set the basis for the next phases of the fight to get a better deal for Ireland from our hydrocarbon resources.
When we first put out the call for people to get involved in Own Our Oil, we were overwhelmed by the quantity of people who stood up to be counted and so struck by the quality of the expertise which was freely offered to us, that we realised we would have to get the insights out to the wider public and level the playing field for subsequent debates on the topic.
This book brings together inputs from a range of areas - Environment, Geology, Tax, Law, History, the Oil & Gas Industry, Global Energy Strategy and more.... Click here for more detail
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.