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Ferris: Greens need to Clarify Position on Corrib

12 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD has called on the Green Party to clarify its position in relation to the Corrib gas project.

Responding to a number of recent comments by Green Party Ministers to questions on various aspects of the planned pipeline in Mayo Deputy Ferris said:

"In a reply to one of my Dáil questions yesterday, Minister Eamonn Ryan said that as a Minister he could express no preference for any proposed route. However, the Greens, in opposition, promised that they would intervene if in Government to address the concerns of the local population.

"The Greens also, prior to their elevation, committed themselves to ensuring that the gas would be processed at sea. Indeed the Greens emphasised the environmental as opposed to the economic aspects of the project. Now they appear content to go along with the current government position that when in opposition they were so critical of.

"It is more important than ever as we enter a new licensing round for the Porcupine Basin and in a week when the discovery of another potentially rich source of oil and gas has been announced, that all issues around mineral exploration are addressed.

"Nothing done to date meets the concerns surrounding fiscal terms, integration with the wider economy or fears over environmental damage. The Greens are in a prime position to address those problems but have demonstrated little intention to do so." ENDS

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