Corrib Gas: Was it worth it? Yes.
Brendan Cafferty: 27 JAN 2016
As the gas starts to flow a member of the pro gas lobby reflects on the controversy
Who is to blame for the delay?
The gas was due ashore in 2002 at a cost of €800 million. It finally arrives at the start of 2016 at a cost of €3.5 billion-€4 billion. Planning such a huge project was, of course, protracted, with EPA and An Bord Pleanála hearings. Kevin Moore, the board’s planning inspector, did at the outset recommend that planning not be granted for the terminal at Ballinaboy, but the board of An Bord Pleanála did not agree with him – something that is not unusual.