Kevin Myers: Pat Rabbitte's speech is the most brilliant and forensic refutation yet of the anti-Shell rhetoric
GOOD. Indeed, excellent: what an outstanding start from Minister Pat Rabbitte in the Dail on the vexed issue of Ireland's natural energy resources.
Few matters have been so deliberately misrepresented as "our" oil and gas reserves -- which is no doubt why the minister began the main thrust of his speech by dealing with this bogus popular perception.
There was, he said, "a developing myth that Ireland has vast discoveries of oil and gas off our shores and that imposing a higher rate of tax on the production of these petroleum resources would eliminate all of our financial worries".