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Irish Independent: Gardai at the Corrib hearing

Published: Apr 20, 2007

Reporting the EPA oral hearing into the pollution control licence for the Corrib Gas Terminal, Aine Ryan states that “the Garda presence at the hearing was a matter raised by an objector to the granting of the licence (Irish Independent, April 17).

Indeed there was a Garda presence on duty for the hearing and it was necessary and very welcome and reassuring.

I was present and heard the objection to the Garda presence.

I saw two uniformed Gardai outside the hotel and two plain clothes members inside. That to my mind is not very significant given what has happened in the area up to now in regards to this project.

Many people in our Pro Gas Mayo group are concerned that due to ongoing protests, disruption, break-ins to the site and intimidatory tactics used by some Shell to Sea folk it is necessary to have Gardai deployed in the area at great taxpayers expense.

It is not Shell that is being challenged at all now but the authority of the State itself and in that matter there can and must be only one victor- the State. BRENDAN CAFFERTY, BALLINA, CO MAYO

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