Garda Costs symptom of the Corrib Gas problem – Joint Statement

April 26, 2007 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Statements | Leave a comment

Following a parliamentary question by Dr Jerry Cowley TD it has emerged that the total cost of the Garda operation in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo up to April 17th last is €5.4 million. This amounts to an average daily cost of €27,550. 

This extraordinarily high expenditure by the State is a further symptom of the Corrib gas problem. The Corrib gas conflict has gone on for far too long and needs urgently to be resolved. That requires political will and leadership.  

We are confident that our proposal for an Independent Commission offers the only viable solution to resolve the Corrib gas conflict. Such a Commission would examine the optimum development concept for the Corrib gas project according to the criteria of best technology and community consent. We welcome the continued support we are receiving for this proposal from the Labour Party, the Green Party, Sinn Fein, the Socialist Party and Independent TDs and Senators. It is clear that the only way forward is through agreement and consent rather than conflict and confrontation.

Dr Mark Garavan

            Dr Jerry Cowley      

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