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June 2006

We pay the bill for the great oil and gas grab

26th May 2006 - Frank Connolly's first (Friday) column for Daily Ireland
In recent weeks, there has been a veritable tsunami of establishment media drivel against those who demand that the Irish government halt the give away of the country's oil and gas reserves and stop pandering to the multi-nationals, much of it from the O’Reilly controlled press.

Moscow, Plumbers, Hairdressers, The Mafia, and Minister of State Frank Fahey

There have been a number of interesting stories circulating about Frank Fahey recently. The former minister for the Marine and Natural Resources was instrumental in the initial planning stages of the Corrib Gas scheme, and was at the time accused of using "bullying tactics" to secure Shell's preferred option - an onshore pipeline connecting the sea bed with a giant gas refinery built on a peat bog at Ballinaboy.

Corrib pipeline roadway was 'built illegally'

Treacy Hogan - Irish Independent

THE controversial €1bn Corrib gas project has been dealt a major planning blow.

Bord Pleanala has ruled that a private road from the Atlantic was built illegally.

Shell now faces having to tear up the road it built though a special conservation area in Co Mayo without planning permission.

Yesterday's landmark Bord Pleanala ruling could delay the project for at least a year.