IRELAND: Corrib gas protesters did State some service

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"Actions secured important safety improvements to the project and helped create a much needed national debate about the management of our natural resources...As gas is flared into the skies above north Mayo, it is worth reflecting on a project that has been one of modern Ireland’s greatest scandals, a stunning fiasco in planning, economics, environmental protection and the abuse of civil liberties. Far from it being just about energy supply, jobs and development, the Corrib gas project cuts to the core of this republic and asks big questions about how the country is run."

See the article: Corrib gas protesters did State some service (Irish Times, link)

See also: Corrib protesters hit out at Government as first gas comes ashore (, link): "Protesters against the contentious Corrib pipeline have criticised the Government after gas began flowing for the first time. Shell confirmed that gas came ashore from the field off the west coast yesterday. The company said the "first gas" flow was an important milestone.

However, activists against the project believe the Government "slipped" the consent to Shell during the quiet festive period. Energy Minister Alex White granted final approval for the pipeline earlier this week. Shell to Sea, the group who have campaigned against the project for several years, described the approval as "desperate and disgraceful""

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