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Irish Times: Shell terminal in Mayo

Published: Dec 27, 2006

Madam, – It seems that David Rolfe (December 21st), while pragmatic and concerned, entirely misses the most significant aspect of the so-called Mayo gas field.

It is neither Mayo’s, nor Ireland’s gas, as the resource was handed over to a multinational company by a former Minister who is known to have taken bribes while a member of Charles Haughey’s cabinet. Secondly, Ireland imports no gas from Russia, but from a creaking and thinly stretched European network.

I write from Moscow where the price of gas reliably heating the city is subsidised by profits accruing from gas exports. Another opportunity missed by a “patriot devoted to the betterment of his countrymen” and his obedient cronies. – Yours, etc,

IVOR CROTTY, Resources Editor, Russia Profile, Moscow, Russia.

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