Sinn Féin TDs lobby Norwegian Embassy on behalf of Rossport 5
The five Sinn Féin TDs this morning handed a letter to the Norwegain Ambassor, His Excellency Mr Truls Hanevold, requesting the Norwegian Government instruct its state company Statoil to use its influence with its partner in the Corrib Gas development, Shell, to have the injunctions against the Mayo protestors lifted. The TDs are also asking that Statoil cease all work on the pipeline pending a full inquiry into al aspects of the project.
(Text of letter) :
We, the undersigned, Sinn Féin TDs, respectfully
request that the Norwegian Government instruct Statoil to use its influence with it's partner in the Corrib consortium, Shell, to lift all court actions against the protesters in Mayo.
We also request that Statoil instruct the consortium to cease all work on the pipeline pending a full enquiry into all aspects of the project.
Finally, we would respectfully draw the Norwegian Government and people's attention to the fact that Statoil is part of a development that would not be acceptable in Norway itself on environmental and safety grounds, and that Statoil is benefiting from revenue and licensing terms that would not be permitted under Norway's own regulatory system.
Caoimghin O Caolain
Aengus O Snodaigh