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Ferris - Who pays the piper on Rossport?

3 October, 2006


The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD has demanded to know why the Irish Government is so anxious to enforce the wishes of Shell in relation to the Corrib gas development. Deputy Ferris was condemning the decision by the Department of Justice to order the Gardaí to break up a picket at the proposed site of the oil refinery at Bellanaboy.

Deputy Ferris said: "It is ironic that on the day that the Dáil will question the Taoiseach on his personal finances, that a Fianna Fáil Government is seen to be clearly enforcing the wishes of a multi-national consortium against the will of the local people and against the best interests of the Irish people as a whole.

"Des Richardson is one of those who assisted the Taoiseach in his time of need. He is the also a person who was close to Enterprise Oil when they secured the contract for the Corrib field and who cleared the Fianna Fáil debt through undisclosed donations from big business. Enterprise demonstrated their gratitude by hosting the fund raising tent for Fianna Fail at the Galway Races. Shell have been the ultimate beneficiaries and I am certain that they are no less grateful.

"Bertie Ahern's personal finances are small beer compared to the huge scandal of the giving away of our gas to companies that pay almost nothing in return in the way of tax or royalties. The question has often been posed as to why this was done and the fact that Shell and others are terrified of revealing the terms of the rotten deal made raises suspicions of the nature of the relationship between Fianna Fáil and the oil companies. On the day that the Gardaí are forcing protestors off the road in Mayo at the behest of Shell the question needs to be posed: Why is the Fianna Fáil piper so willing to do their bidding?." ENDS

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