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Ferris demands full disclosure on Corrib

12 October, 2005

Sinn  Féin Spokesperson  on  Natural  resources Martin Ferris TD, has demanded  that  all  minutes  and documents relating to the proposed Corrib project  be  made  available  as  part  of an inquiry into the development. Deputy  Ferris  was  speaking in response to a reply given by Minister Noel Dempsey to a priority question today.

Deputy  Ferris  said:  “Now that the Rossport Five have been released it is vital  that  the entire project is placed under review. That must mean that all  the  relevant  minutes  and documents relating to the project are made available."

Deputy  Ferris  called  on  the  Minister  to "give an undertaking that the minutes  of  all meetings between his officials and Shell be released.  And that this should include minutes of the meeting which took place between An Taoiseach and Tom Botts of Shell on September 19 2003.

He  also said there was a need to ensure "full disclosure of the procedures under  which  Bellanaboy  Wood  was  transferred  to  Shell  for use as the proposed site of the refinery."

Deputy Ferris went on to point out “that in a reply to a question from Sinn Féin  MEP Bairbre de Brun, the European Commission has stated that projects which  are  likely to have significant effects on the environment, and that would  require  an  EIA  under  EU  Directives,  should  not  be split into sub-projects so that each of them, taken individually, is determined not to have significant environmental effects and thus escapes the obligations set
out by the Directive.

“That  is  what  took  place  in relation to the Corrib project in order to avoid an Enviromental Impact Assessement on the overall implications of the development.

"It  is  essential now that public attention has been drawn to the pipeline by  the  coureagous  stand  taken by the five Rossport men, that a full and transparent  inquiry  is  held  into  the proposed development and that all aspects  of it from health and safety to the licensing terms are subject to review.”  ENDS

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