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Ferris to highlight Corrib Gas field planning controversy at Dublin Press Conference

2 December, 2002


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris TD will attend a press conference organised by the Campaign for the Protection of Resources to deal with recent revelations surrounding the planning process for the Corrib Gas field and the role of former Minister Frank Fahy. The Press conference will take place on Tuesday 3rd December at 2 pm in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.

Speaking beforehand Deputy Ferris said:

"This press conference has been organised to deal with the ongoing controversy surrounding the terms and conditions governing mineral exploration in this state, and more recent revelations surrounding the planning process for the Corrib Gas field which has raised serious questions regarding the role of former Minister Frank Fahy.

"This whole issue is something which is of enormous concern to me as a former oil rig worker and Sinn Féin TD. I have raised the issue on many occasions since being elected and Sinn Féin was the first party to call for the licensing terms and conditions, as amended by Ray Burke in 1987, to be made subject to a full investigation by the Flood Tribunal.

"This is a crucial issue, as the handing over of our oil and gas reserves is closing off a potentially massive future source of economic growth, especially at a time when ordinary people are being faced with sweeping cuts in public spending."ENDS

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