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Dempsey playing fast and loose with facts on Rossport - Ferris

21 November, 2006


Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris TD has called on the Government to recognise the potential of Shell to Sea's proposal for a Commission of Inquiry to resolve the Corrib dispute. Pointing out that Shell does not have full approval for the project he accused Minister Dempsey of playing 'fast and loose with the facts'. Deputy Ferris was speaking at a Shell to Sea press conference in Dublin today.

The Kerry North TD said: "I would like to commend the actions of the Shell to Sea campaign and its supporters at Bellanaboy over the last few weeks. In the face of Garda intimidation they held firm to their commitment to peaceful non-violent direct action and in doing so they displayed a courage and determination that has inspired people across this island, and beyond.

"For standing up for themselves and their community, they have received little sympathy in some quarters of the media, especially in those newspapers whose owner has major investments in off-shore oil and gas exploration.

"Despite this, they have remained staunch in their opposition to the project, while at the same time imaginative and progressive in trying to identify a solution. The Commission of Inquiry proposed by Shell to Sea deserved a better hearing than the dismissive refusal it received from Minister Noel Dempsey. The Minister is playing fast and loose with the facts in his claim that the project has received full approval from the appropriate statutory bodies and he knows it.

"Sinn Féin will continue to support the campaign in any way that we can. We would call on the Government to recognise the potential of the Commission of Inquiry proposal put forward by Shell to Sea and for the thousands of people out these who have supported this campaign from the beginning, to keep up the pressure."

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