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Teacher opposed to Corrib gas pipeline may leave area

The Irish Times

The daughter of one of the Rossport Five opposed to the Corrib gas pipeline in north Mayo has said she, her family and other families may now leave the area. This, said Bríd Ní Sheighin, was due to An Bord Pleanála’s recent approval of the last pipeline section.

Ms Ní Sheighin, who is a teacher and mother of two small children, is married to John Monaghan, blacksmith, artist and spokesman for community group Pobal Chill Chomáin which appealed against the pipeline route.

Mr Monaghan said it was a “long-term decision” and one which broke his heart, given that his wife is a native Irish speaker teaching children in her own Gaeltacht area.

The final section of the project – the third pipeline route – requires a foreshore licence and consents from the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Energy, respectively, before work can begin. Last week’s decision by An Taisce to pursue a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s approval for this final section has been welcomed by Pobal Chill Chomáin.