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Dempsey names Cassells as Corrib Gas mediator

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The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, has appointed Peter Cassells as a mediator in the Corrib Gas dispute.
Mr Cassells, who currently chairs the National Centre for Partnership and Performance, is a former General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
He will have the task of trying to find an agreement over the development of the €900 million Corrib Gas project between Shell Ireland, local residents and environmentalists who have expressed serious reservations about the safety of the scheme.
Five men from the Rossport area were jailed for 94 days earlier this year for contempt of court arising from their opposition to the laying of an onshore pipeline.
They say they are not prepared to accept the high-pressure pipeline running through their land and their village.
So far Shell E&P Ireland has said it is determined to complete the project as it was originally designed with an onshore refinery being fed by an 84 km pipeline.
But the company has also said that it is willing to enter into negotiations with local residents.

Posted Date: 
21 August 2006 - 1:09am