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Irish Independent: Knowing right from wrong

Published: Oct 06, 2006

WHAT a coincidence that Shell should choose the day on which all eyes were focused on Bertie’s apologia to impose its will on the people of Mayo.

If Bertie has succeeded in his struggle to distinguish what is fundamentally right from what is legally acceptable, could he now address the fundamental rights involved in the crisis that confronts the Erris community?

Is it right that the clearly expressed wish of the people for offshore gas processing and a clean environment should be dismissed upon Shell’s insistence on pursuing the cheaper alternative?

Is it right that the EU’s concerns on how Shell’s permissions were granted should be ignored? Is it right that ever since the murky days of Ray Burke, though little will accrue to the state, the government has been so steadfast in its support for Shell?

BERNARD GRIMES

GLASNEVIN

DUBLIN 9

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