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Western People (Ireland): Carey joins Shell’s ‘dream team’

THE recently retired Mayo Garda Chief Supt John Carey is the latest in a series of high profile people to be appointed by Shell E&P Ireland (SEPIL)in a bid to “regain the trust” of the local people.
On Friday, March 10 last SEPIL announced that it had appointed Bangor Erris native, Mr Carey, on a part time basis as an advisor to the Corrib gas project.
Mr Carey will be part of a larger team engaged in recent weeks to liaise with the Erris people in relation to the controversial gas project. His new colleagues will include former Western People journalist, Christy Loftus and former Co Secretary of Mayo Co Council, Padraig Hughes.
Mr Carey’s role will involve interacting with local groups and individuals and to report their hopes and concerns relating to the project to the Corrib management team. He will also inform the public about the plans for the project as it moves forward.
John Carey enjoyed a long and distinguished career of more than 40 years in public service when he retired from An Garda Siochana in April, 2005. He was Chief Superintendent of the Mayo Garda Division for the last nine years of his career and had spent previous terms of duty in Galway, Roscommon, Laois and Offaly.
Mr Carey is also renowned for his sporting achievements. He played for the Mayo team in the late 60s and 70s and captained the Mayo team that won the National League in 1970. The following year he was selected as the first Mayo GAA All Star and went on to manage the Mayo team later in that decade.
Mr Mary Carrigy, SEPIL’s Mayo Area Manager, said of the appointment: “As a former Chief Superintendent, a former Mayo County footballer and Team Captain and GAA all-star, John Carey knows Erris and Co Mayo intimately. He is a respected figure throughout the length and breath of the county. I am delighted that John has agreed to assist the Corrib gas partners as we work to regain the trust of the people of Erris and Mayo – which has been damaged by the events of the past year.” Mr Carey stated that the Corrib project would bring benefits to Erris and Mayo. The development was essential to Ireland.
He said SEPIL recognises that it needs to work in partnership with the local community to get the project back on track. “We hope that by engaging openly and honestly with local groups and individuals, including those who are currently strongly opposed to our proposals, we can reach a concensus which will allow this project to go forward,” he concluded.

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