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Press Release: Vindicated community call for complete rethink of Corrib Gas Project

Following on from last week's An Bord Pleanala decision which vindicated community campaigners' safety concerns, Shell to Sea have called for a halt to the Corrib Gas Project until issues surrounding human rights, the environment and and the gas giveaway are addressed, along with health and safety. An Action from Ireland (AfrI) petition is currently being circulated which calls for the Irish government to suspend works until a full review of the above issues has taken place: http://petitions.contact.ie/content/suspend-work-corrib-gas-project-pending-full-investigation

Despite repeated assurances from Shell and the government that the pipeline is safe, An Bord Pleanala have shown this not to be the case. During May's 19-day Oral Hearing, contributions were made by over a large number of campaigners, showing an exceptional level of research and expertise.

Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway said: “We've had huge conflict in this area for the last 10 years because the community's concerns have not been listened to.”

“We have always said that this was too dangerous a pipeline to go near to anybody's house, and now we've been proven right. The community have been subjected to intimidation and vilification from some sectors of the media for their opposition to this project – now it's time to acknowledge that injustice, and for a full and proper investigation into the issues that have been raised.”

“We also need to change the deal to benefit the Irish people. Shell will be able to write off all of the costs of their incompetence against tax – Ireland's gas and oil needs to really benefit the people of Ireland.”

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Terence Conway

Maura Harrington