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Government need to tell Shell to shift - Ferris

13 July, 2006


Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said that it is not surprising that the mediation process between the Rossport 5 and Shell has not been successful as the only way to resolve this issue is for the Irish government to tell the Corrib Gas consortium to move their pipeline and refinery offshore.

Deputy Ferris said, "It will be no surprise to most people that mediation talks have broken down between the Rossport 5 and Shell. Shell's unwillingness to budge and their complete disregard for the health and safety concerns of the local people have brought things to this situation. The only way that this issue can be resolved is if the Irish government tell the Corrib Gas consortium loudly and clearly to shift their pipeline and refinery offshore.

"They also need to renegotiate the scandalous deal signed by former Minister Ray Burke which saw the government give away the rights to Corrib and future gas and oil fields to the oil companies.

"It is estimated that Corrib gas alone is worth between €12 Billion and €21 Billion, which is over twice the size of the government‚s entire health budget. And there are more gas fields off Cork, Shannon, Galway and Donegal, but no one knows yet how large they are or how much they are worth. What we do know is that they are resources that could be put to good use in Ireland." ENDS

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