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Irish Independent: 1m bill for protecting Rossport pipeline, says McDowell

Mar 07, 2006
THE Garda operation to protect the Shell pipeline at Rossport in Co Mayo has cost close to 1m already.
Justice Minister Michael McDowell has revealed that up until December 31, the cost was 932,964. He told Kerry Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris in a written Dail reply he had been informed by the Garda authorities that to provide the required level of security, a number of gardai were temporarily transferred to Belmullet last July. The total cost of the security operation, including basic salaries, travelling expenses and other “ancillary costs”, amounted to 932,964.
Mr Ferris last night criticised the “huge cost” to the taxpayer incurred protecting a facility “which is both unpopular and partly installed without proper authorisation”.
This again demonstrated “the manner in which Shell are taking the Irish people for a ride” on the issue, he said. “Ironically, the cost of this is likely – under the current terms available to Shell – to vastly outweigh any foreseeable benefit to the Exchequer.”

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