Updated from an article by The Kilkenny Advertiser
By Naoise O’ Donovan Coogan
A public meeting was held in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, on Wednesday July 19 at 8pm by the Shell To Sea campaign group. This group was started in Mayo by a group of residents concerned with the Shell company’s proposed Corrib gas project.
The Shell To Sea group is opposed to the planned Corrib gas project, as it plans to use previously untried and highly dangerous methods of extracting gas. This is obviously a huge concern for residents in the area, not only from a safety perspective but also because Shell will benefit from 100 per cent tax write-offs, there will be very little, if any, financial benefit for the Irish people.
The purpose of the meeting is to raise awareness of the situation and to look at setting up a Shell To Sea campaign group in the Kilkenny area.
Many people will already be aware of the situation that occurred in June of 2005 when five men from Rossport, Co Mayo, were jailed for the part they played in the campaign. Mícháel O’ Seighin, one of the men involved, will be guest speaker at the public meeting.
Local Green Party councillor Malcolm Noonan and local Sinn Féin representative Kathleen Funchion were both at the meeting lending their support to the Shell to Sea campaign.