"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
The Irish Sailing Association (ISC) has announced that Irish oil and gas exploration and production company Providence Resources will sponsor the Irish Olympic Sailing Team.
In a statement, the ISC said the "sponsorship will enable the team to undertake world-class preparations in advance of London 2012 and beyond."
It also says the Irish Olympic Sailing Team are considered "genuine Prospects" for a medal in the London 2012 Games.
The Olympic sailing team members include:
- Annalise Murphy, Laser (Radial)
- Peter O'Leary & David Burrows, (Star)
- Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern, (49er)
A further three campaigns will be competing for Olympic qualification during May including Gerbil Owens and Scott Flanigan (470), James Espey (Laser) and Ross Hamilton (Finn).
The partnership was launched today in Dublin by Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy and Providence Resources chief executive, Tony O'Reilly.Messages of support to the team can be sent on Twitter using #genuineprospects and also on the facebook pages: