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March 2011

Kenny discusses sale of state assets with Bord Gáis boss

John Burke and Niamh Connolly - Sunday Business Post

Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach-elect Enda Kenny has met the chief executive of Bord Gáis, John Mullins, with whom he raised the issue of the sale of state assets.

Bord Gáis has confirmed that Kenny and Mullins met, as part of an engagement with Cork Chamber of Commerce, while he was on a constituency tour of Cork.

It also confirmed that the issue of the disposal of non-strategic state assets was raised by the Fine Gael leader.

Fianna Fail Sign Off Last Section Corrib Pipeline

Socialist Workers Party

As the people of Ireland came out and voted to demolish Fianna Fail, Pat Carey ensured his party got their last nail in the coffin. On a day that Pat Carey the former Minister for Energy lost his seat in the Dail, and his party lost power he issued an order. With no mandate from the people he signed off the last section of the Corrib gas pipeline on the day of the general election. He gave the go-ahead to Shell to build infrastructure that will pump gas from the west coast to their interconnectors in Britain.

Carey Courts Criticism Over Corrib Pipeline Approval


Controversy has arisen over the decision by outgoing Minister for Energy Pat Carey to grant key consents for the Corrib gas pipeline on the day of the general election.

According to the Irish Times, the Department of Energy said consent to construct the pipeline was issued "as a matter of course" after An Bord Pleanála approved the new pipeline route in January.

Corrib pipeline - resistance wipes out Shell's profits but Fine Gael are clueless


It has been revealed that the decade long resistance of the people of Erris to Shell's experimental gas pipeline has now wiped out Shell's projected profits from the project. Brian O’Cathain, the Managing Director of Enterprise Energy Ireland let the cat out of the bag at a debate at the IFI on the 4th December. Instead of the 650 million dollars the project was intended to cost, Shell & partners have now spent over 3 billion dollars.

Fianna Fáil’s Final Act of Treachery


Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson has described Pat Carey’s decision to grant consent to Shell to construct the onshore pipeline from the Corrib gas field to the Bellinaboy refinery “as the final act of treachery by a discredited Fianna Fáil government”.

Europe ruling on planning directive welcomed

BARRY ROCHE, The Irish Times - Saturday, March 5, 2011

ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice reversing an Irish Supreme Court judgment which they say has serious implications for how Irish planning authorities assess major projects.

The European Court of Justice has issued a ruling in the case of the European Commission vs Ireland in which the court found that Ireland had failed to properly implement the EU’s environmental impact assessment directive in the case of major projects.

News release: Corrib 'will never pay tax', says project's former MD

News Release - Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea
Friday, March 4th, 2011

-- Varadkar ‘clueless’ over tax regime for gas & oil fields --

The Corrib Gas project will never pay tax, according to the former MD of the lead company in the project. This contradicts the claim made this week by Leo Varadkar TD that the State “stands to gain at least 25 per cent of profits from Corrib and the sooner the gas is brought ashore, the sooner that money can be used to fund essential services.”

Shells survey work stopped again

Rossport Solidarity camp - Indymedia

Protesters against Shell get in the way to stop work

Radio Clips discussing Pat Carey's signing of the consents

Lorna Siggins on Newstalk on Tuesday

Clip begins at 3 minutes for about 10 minutes



Tuesday - The Last Word with Matt Cooper

Joe Higgins gives his view on Pat Carey's decision

The clip begins at 25 minutes into Part 2

Texas activists ready to fight over $7bn oil pipeline in the home of black gold

Suzanne Goldenberg - The Guardian
US landowners along the proposed route – from Alberta to the Gulf coast – accuse oil firm TransCanada of bullying

David Daniel