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Where do the other parties stand on Corrib Gas issue? - Dwyer

25 July, 2005


Following confirmation over the weekend that government inspectors have found that Shell has been acting without proper permissions in carrying out unauthorised work on the Corrib Gas Pipeline, Wexford Sinn Féin Councillor John Dwyer had said that the High Court must now release the 5 Mayo smallholders when they appear in Court in Dublin again today (Monday).

Cllr. Dwyer has also challenged Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour to state very clearly and precisely where they stand on this important national issue.

John Dwyer said:

"It is not enough that a 'senior official' at the Department of Marine and Natural Resources has now written to the Chairman of the Shell Corporation, Andy Pyle, to 'demand an explanation' for the unauthorised work that has been carried out. The plain reality is that we now have a situation where an Irish government has allowed an Irish Court to imprison Irish citizens at the behest of a foreign oil multinational which has itself broken it's agreement and has acted outside of it's permissions.

"It has been a tragedy that these men should have been imprisoned for trying to protect the safety of their families and they should be released and returned to their families when they appear in the High Court again today.

"I would also challenge all of the other main parties to state very clearly and precisely where they stand on this vitally important national issue. This case has opened up to the wider public the hugely important question of who really owns Ireland's natural resources, the Irish people or foreign multinationals? The public deserve to know very clearly where the other parties stand on this issue.

"Enda Kenny and Pat Rabbitte are both Mayo men. Yet neither has stated that they support the Shell to Sea campaign. It is not enough for Pat Rabbitte to say that the men ought to be released while avoiding answering the wider and detailed questions highlighted by the Shell to Sea campaign. It is disgraceful that Enda Kenny has stated that he supports the Shell pipeline project „in the common good'Œ, and is merely calling for more health and safety investigations.

"Sinn Féin have made their position crystal clear. Sinn Féin supports the Shell to Sea campaign. It is high time that other political parties also made their positions clear. Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour cannot be on both sides of this issue." ENDS

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