"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,”
Dr. Mark Garavan (Seanad candidate)
Welcome for EU Petitions Committee Fact-finding Visit
June 26, 2007 at 3:28 pm | In Statements |
I welcome the fact-finding visit of the EU Petitions Committee to Ireland. Ireland’s record of compliance with EU law, particularly in the area of the environment, has been particularly poor. It is to be hoped that the advent of the Green Party into government will greatly improve that situation.
The Petitions Committee will hold a public meeting in Galway on Wednesday night. At that meeting I will raise my petition on the Corrib Gas issue and ask the committee to expedite a consideration of the concerns that I have raised regarding the compliance of the project to EU law. These include possible breaches of the Habitats Directive, The Seveso Directive, the Water Framework Directive and Directives in regard to public consultation.