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Corrib gas project costs €16m not including garda wages

Sarah Bardon - Irish Mirror

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The cost of policing the Corrib Gas project has hit €16million, not including Garda wages, it has emerged.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter revealed the staggering figure in the Dail.

He said: “This does not include the significant cost of the basic salaries of the members who have performed duties at the Corrib gas project, as these arise in the normal course of their duty.

“This expenditure comes at a time of economic difficulty for the State and when such resources could be put to far better use.”

Minister Shatter added a Garda presence was needed but stated it was unfortunate so much manpower had to be used.

He said: “It is deeply regrettable that so many resources have had to be tied up at the North Mayo site. However, this is absolutely necessary in view of the actions of some protesters, many of whom are not from the area and who have engaged in public disorder as well as damage to property.

“Such action can’t be tolerated and the Garda presence is there to prevent it.”

He told the Dail 38 defendants were brought before the courts for public order offences, criminal damage and assault on gardai since 2011.

The minister said: “An Garda Siochana is duty-bound to uphold the rule of law without fear or favour and that is what local management will continue to do in what is a difficult and confrontational setting.”

It has been 10 years since the Corrib project was given the go-ahead and it has been tormented by controversy.

The Rossport Five were jailed in 2005 and significant clashes between gardai and protesters have been reported since then.

Posted Date: 
11 December 2013