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IrelandOnline: Mediator recommends re-routing of Corrib gas pipeline

28/07/2006 – 08:34:04 

The man appointed by the Government to mediate between Shell and the Rossport Five has recommended that the Corrib gas pipeline be re-routed.

Former trade union leader Peter Cassells was appointed in an effort to find a solution to the long-running dispute, which saw the five Co Mayo men spend more than 90 days in prison last year for refusing to obey an injunction ordering them not to obstruct work on the pipeline.

Earlier this month, he said his talks had failed to find any common ground between the two sides.

In a report published today, he is recommending that the Corrib pipeline be re-routed away from houses in the Rossport area to address the concerns of the local community.

He is also proposing that An Bord Gais be directly involved in the project.

Natural Resources Minister Noel Dempsey has said the Government will implement the recommendations “where appropriate”.

He said today that he regretted Mr Cassells’ failure to resolve the dispute and also defended the Corrib gas project, saying it was vital to the security of Ireland’s energy supplies.

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