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Doolan - Inquiry into Corrib deal must be established

24 February, 2007

Sinn Féin's Cllr. Daithí Doolan speaking from today's Shell to Sea National rally in Dublin has called for an inquiry into the Corrib gas deal.

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East representative Cllr. Daithí Doolan said

"This corrib deal with shell will have to be the subject of public inquiries. Down through the years there have been ministers who represented the government who were either totally inept or deliberately misleading. There was a lack of consultation with the public and other elected representatives and the terms that were agreed were a national scandal.

"Revenue generated from the gas should be used to fund local government and other public services such as our Health service and our schools. Instead we have a situation were the people of Norway, through Statoil, will have more funding for public services from this deal while we are forced to pay a premium rate for our own gas. I fully support the people of Rossport in their struggle and I urge the government to renegotiate this deal and to set up an inquiry to restore public confidence and get to the bottom of this farcical deal."ENDS

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