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Environmentally sensitive onshore gas licences potentially worth billions are given away just days before the election

Colm Rapple - Irish Mail On Sunday

Exploration rights potentially worth billions of euro are to be handed out by Natural Resources Minister, Conor Lenihan, in what may well be his last official act as minister and maybe even T.D. 

The only Irish company getting a licence, Lough Allen Natural Gas, has never been involved in oil or gas exploration before. It was only set up last July by Dublin based Thomas Anderson and Askeaton based Martin Lawrence Keeley. Licences are also going to an Australian company, Tamboran Resources PTY Ltd and a British based company, Enegi Oil plc that has exploration interests in Newfoundland.

Brú ag teacht ar Fhine Gael faoi théarmaí ola & gáis

Inné, chuir TG4 ceist ar Enda Kenny nach raibh Fine Gael sásta a fhreagairt nuair a chuir Shell to Sea an cheist seo leanas air.  Ma tá tú sa céad Rialtais eile, an bhfuil tú chun ath-bhreithniú a dhéanamh ar na téarmaí ola agus gáis atá ann faoi láthair, i dtreo is go mbeadh níos mó tairbhe á bhaint as na hacmhainní seo do mhuintir na hÉireann?  Agus cad iad na hathraithe a chuirfidh tú i fheidhm?

Thug Enda Kenny leath fhreagra ar an gcead cheist - bhfeidhir go ndeanfadh sé ath-bhreithniú ar na téarmaí.  Ach ní duirt sé tada faoi cen sort athraithe atá i gceist aige.

Feach ar an “clip” seo thíos ón Nuacht. Thosnaíonn an píosa ag 7:40.

Political Party responses on renegotiating the oil & gas deal

On the 8th of February Shell to Sea emailed each of political party spokespeople for natural resources. Each party was asked:

If in government, would you renegotiate the current deals surrounding Ireland’s oil and gas resources to provide the people of Ireland with a greater return? What changes to the current system would you implement?

Fine Gael and the Green Party failed to respond

Below are the responses we received:

The Pipe wins Best Documentary at the Irish Film and Television Awards

Congratulations to Risteard Ó Domhnaill and all at The Pipe who won The George Morrison Feature Documentary Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards on Saturday night.

You can see Risteard Ó Domhnaill acceptance speech on the RTE website.  The Documentary Award section starts 19 minutes into the show. See it here:

Shell to Sea launch €540 Billion election note

Press Release Issued by Dublin Shell to Sea -11/03/11

At 2.00pm on Saturday 12th February, members of Dublin Shell to Sea will gather at the top of Grafton Street to distribute €540 billion ‘commemorative bank notes’ to members of the public, symbolising the cost to the exchequer of the extraordinary giveaway of Ireland’s oil and gas reserves.

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