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Shell to Sea initiative may point the way forward

6 November, 2006

Sinn Féin’s Marine spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has welcomed the initiative from Shell to Sea today calling for the establishment of an independent public commission of inquiry and a halt to Shell’s operations at Bellanaboy. He called on the Government and Shell to get away from the rhetoric and commit to community consent.


The Kerry North TD said: “So much of what has gone on around the Corrib field has taken place behind closed doors or in shoddy backroom deals overseen by corrupt Ministers. An open, transparent, public commission to investigate and make recommendations around the safest and most environmentally friendly procedures for the Corrib project has much to recommend it.


“Responsibility for moving this initiative forward now passes to the Government and to Shell. Both are experts at using the rhetoric of community consent and claiming an open-minded approach to negotiations, but it remains to be seen if either of them are willing to follow through.


“Sinn Féin will continue to support the Shell to Sea campaign and I would take this opportunity to urge people to get down to Bellanaboy this Friday, to reassert our opposition to this project going ahead, and to commemorate the anniversary of the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa and nine anti-Shell activists after a show trial in Nigeria.”




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