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Ferris questions Minister on landslide inconsistencies

3 February, 2004


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD is to question Minister Dermot Ahern on inconsistencies regarding earlier Dáil replies on the possible impact of landslides in the Pollathomas area on the proposed Corrib gas pipeline. Deputy Ferris has placed the question following a report to Mayo County Council which states that had the pipeline been in place at the time of the landslide on Dooncarton Hill last September, it would have potentially caused an environmental disaster.

Deputy Ferris said:

"Last October I placed a number of questions to the Minister regarding the possible impact of the landslide on the route of the proposed pipeline. In his replies, Minister Ahern stated that the landslide would not have impacted on the pipeline in any way. It is now clear in fact that had the pipeline been in place that the landslide might have had disastrous consequences for the area. It is also clear that the Minister was completely reliant on reports from Shell, the company responsible for the pipeline project, and that this is not an adequate basis for assessing the major risks associated with this project". ENDS

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