News release - Issued by Shell to Sea - Monday, October 17th, 2011
RABBITTE SHOWS ‘CONTEMPT FOR DEMOCRACY’ BY ISSUING LICENSING OPTIONS
-- More exploration will not lead to greater benefits to Ireland --
Minister Pat Rabbitte has shown a “bare-faced contempt for democracy” by deciding to offer licensing options to explore for oil and gas in Ireland’s Atlantic territory, according to the Shell to Sea campaign.
Mr Rabbitte has ignored an ongoing Joint Oireachtas Committee review of Ireland’s licensing system.
Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington said: “By stubbornly insisting on pressing ahead with these licensing options without waiting for the outcome of the Oireachtas review, Rabbitte is displaying a bare-faced contempt for democracy.”
“It is shocking to witness the extent to which Pat Rabbitte has signed up to the oil industry’s line about the need for ‘generous’ terms for oil companies. He appears to have come under undue pressure from his civil servants to rush ahead with this latest giveaway.”