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Ferris questions Shell's motive for dropping legal action

28 September, 2006

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD has questioned the motivation behind Shell's attempt to abandon its legal action against Mayo landowners who are objecting to the Corrib gas pipeline. Shell will make the application this morning in the High Court and if successful will not have to comply with the order of discovery made by Justice Mary Laffoy in July which would require the company to hand over documents concerning the lease and development plan to representatives of the objectors.

Deputy Ferris said: "Having pursued this issue through the courts for over a year, and having engineered the imprisonment of the five men from Rossport, Shell's decision to drop the legal action is entirely disingenuous. I have absolutely no doubt but that they are doing so for the sole reason of not exposing the terms of the deal that was made with regard to their securing of the lease. This of course begs the question as to what exactly Shell are attempting to hide?

"It is vital that this information is made public and in that spirit I have requested Minister Noel Dempsey to make these documents available not only to the representatives of the protestors but to the public who have a right to know on what basis a valuable national resource was handed over to a multi-national corporation." ENDS

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