[Sinn Fein]

30th April 2003

Sinn Fein welcomes Corrib Gas decision

The Sinn Fein spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris TD has welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanala to refuse the application by the Shell subsidiary Enterprise Energy to build a natural gas facility to be built at Ballinaboy, County Mayo.

Deputy Ferris said; ``This is a tremendous victory for the people of North Mayo who objected to this proposal. It is also a vindication of what those of us have consistently said regarding the attitude of the multi-nationals to the people of this country. I would strongly urge the Government to use this as an opportunity to totally reassess the manner in which our natural resources are developed.

``This ought to include a complete revision of the licensing terms currently on offer. At a time when Shell and other multi-nationals are now talking in optimistic terms of the prospects at Dooish and in the Seven Heads, it is vital that the State ensures that from now on there is proper supervision of oil and gas exploitation, and that steps are taken to ensure that real benefits accrue to the people''. ENDS

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