"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
Michael D Higgins TD will be the guest speaker at the launch of the Rossport 5 book tour this Friday, 9 February.
The book tour will begin in Charlie Byrne's bookshop in the Cornstore, Middle Street on Friday at 6pm. Each week the tour will visit a different venue, taking in Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Belfast. An event will also be held in London next month followed by a tour of North America in April. Vincent McGrath, one of the Rossport 5 said: "We see this book tour as a wonderful opportunity to inform the public about the real issues surrounding the Corrib gas project that is being imposed on our community and the implications this has for other communities throughout the country. We're looking forward to meeting in person, the people who have stood by us and who continue to support our right to live free from fear in our own homes."Shell E and P Ireland want to build a refinery and combustion plant at Bellanaboy in Mayo, which can process 9.9 cubic metres of gas per day. Two weeks ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed that the ?900 million Corrib gas onshore terminal in Co. Mayo be granted a licence and said it is satisfied emissions from a licensed refinery would not adversely affect human health or the environment. Objectors now have 28 days to apply for an oral hearing into the matter.