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Ferris calls for public hearing on Corrib

10 March, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

9 March, 2009

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris TD has called for an open public hearing to be established to hear all submissions on the proposed gas pipeline in Mayo. The Kerry North TD was speaking on the March 9th deadline for submissions requested by Minister Ryan.

Deputy Ferris said, "The Minister has made several tentative moves towards fulfilling his party's previous pledges to support those critical of the pipeline. None have gone anyway close to implementing the Greens position when in opposition so the least he could do now is to ensure that the submissions are given a full and open public hearing so that each side has the opportunity to both argue its case and hear what others are proposing.

"The current economic recession makes it vital that this country fully utilises its indigenous energy reserve but this will only take place once it is clear that the people of this country will benefit in real terms through a proper tax and revenue structure and that the gas supply comes on stream in a manner that meets domestic demand, pricing and safety concerns." ENDS

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