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Mixed Reaction to Shell’s €750,000 investment in Irish Broadband

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By John Donovan

The Irish Examiner reports that Shell has announced that it will provide high quality broadband for Mayo and Galway in Ireland. The 132 kilometres of high capacity fibre optic cable will run alongside the Corrib Gas pipeline. The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny was present and gushing at the launch.

However, by a sheer fluke, “some people in the towns of Rossport and Pullathomas, north of the terminal, who have battled the pipeline for almost a decade, won’t see any of the benefit.” Betty Schult of the Kilcommon Lodge in Pullathomas told TheJournal.ie that the move is “propaganda”. “It’s a pittance in comparison to the damage they have done to the environment. It’s beside the point. (Extracts from a news report in the journal.ie)

The Shell to Sea Campaign is also less than impressed.

Extracts from their News Release earlier today:

Shell to Sea dismisses Shell’s announcement that it will provide €750,000 installing fibre-optic broadband as a fistful of beads and baubles in comparison with the billions of euros worth of gas that was gifted to them in the Corrib Gas field. 

Former Managing Director of the Corrib Gas project, Brian O’Cathain previously stated in 2010 “That Corrib will never pay tax”.

Maura Harrington stated “Shell says it will spend €750,000 (tax deductible), big deal. Shell again clicks its fingers and Enda Kenny comes toadying to do the needful.”

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