"The government has relinquished control over the offshore areas of our industry. Norway was tough regarding oil companies from the start. You now have an almost embarrassingly large pension fund. The situation for Irish communities, however, is as in Ogoniland in Nigeria - oil is a curse,”
Up to 20 TDs, along with Dublin Shell to Sea are today calling on the new Government to reverse consents granted to Shell for the onshore section of the Corrib gas pipeline.
The consents were issued despite High Court proceedings initiated by An Taisce and Erris residents against last January's An Bord Pleanála decision to grant permission.
They were controversially granted on the day of the General Election by former Minister Pat Carey.