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Doherty outlines Sinn Féin opposition to gas exploration terms and conditions to Shell and Statoil

12 March, 2008


Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty today met with representatives of Shell and Statoil to clearly outline his and Sinn Féin's opposition to the terms and conditions under which gas exploration companies operate in Ireland and in Irish Waters.

Speaking after the meeting Senator Doherty said, "Today I met with representatives of Shell and Statoil to clearly outline my and Sinn Féin's complete opposition to the terms and conditions under which gas exploration companies operate in Ireland and in Irish Waters. These conditions have not been properly negotiated by the Government and do not offer a fair return to the State and its people. This is one of the reasons why Sinn Féin opposes the Finance Bill 2008 as it maintains these very conditions for gas exploration companies.

"I also made clear Sinn Féin's opposition to the Rossport gas pipeline and to the dangers is poses. There are a number of drills coming up off the coast of Donegal from April. It is proposed that any gas found will be refined onshore. Sinn Féin will oppose the refinement of this gas onshore as it will require a similar dangerous pipeline to run through communities in Donegal.

"Sinn Féin supports the establishment of a State owned Gas exploration company to maximise the benefits of Ireland's natural resources for the benefit of the Irish people." ENDS

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