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Ferris: FF and FG Have Questions to Answer on Shell

5 August, 2005


Sinn  Féin  Spokesperson  on  Natural  Resources Martin Ferris TD, has
called  on Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to make a public statement in relation
to  any  donations  they  may have received from Shell or Enterprise Energy
Ireland  since 1992. Deputy Ferris said that a public declaration from both
parties  would  help  to  address the perception that those involved in the
Corrib  project  have  what former Statoil Ireland Director Mike Cunningham
described as an “unhealthy relationship” with the political establishment.

Deputy  Ferris  said: “While it is public knowledge that Enterprise Energy,
since  taken  over  by Shell, hosted Fianna Fáil fund-raising events at the
Galway  Races,  there  is a wider need to know whether, and to what extent,
both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have been supported by companies involved in
the  Corrib  project. That is why I am calling on them to state publicly if
this  was  the  case,  particularly  in the period prior to the legislation
requiring that disclosure of donations came into effect.

Deputy Ferris also dismissed the latest attempt by the Government and Shell
to  portray  themselves  as  willing to compromise on the issue of the Mayo
pipeline.

“Shell  have  stated  that they will not carry out any work off-shore until
further  discussion  takes place. The fact is that sea conditions will soon
make  it  impossible for Shell to work offshore over the Autumn and Winter.
Besides that, such is the level of support for the imprisoned men and their
demand  that the gas be processed offshore that Shell will encounter strong
resistance  to  any  attempt to carry out work, whether on land or at sea”.
ENDS

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