Call goes out for show of support for LNG project

DONAL NOLAN

THE ordinary people of north Kerry and west Limerick must let their politicians know exactly how strongly they feel about the future of the Shannon LNG project that is now in danger of being abandoned because of years of bureaucratic delays and the threat of a €65 million a year charge for operating in Ireland.

That's the message from the Tarbert Development Association this week, who took part in a consultation forum in Dublin with the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) on Thursday last.

Following the meeting, Tarbert Development Association Secretary John Fox called on locals who want to see the massive LNG project going ahead to keep pressure on the politicians of the area, particularly government TDS, in the hopes of influencing a positive outcome on the CER process that is now casting the project in doubt.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan told The Kerryman this week that he is doing everything in his power to impress on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte how important the project is for north Kerry and west Limerick.

He has also formally written to Minister Rabbitte seeking clarification on whether or not the Government can direct the CER on policy.

The CER told this paper there is a legislative basis for the Government to do so. Minister Deenihan said he is aware of the legislation providing for this and is seeking clarity on it from Minister Rabbitte, who holds that there is no way the Government can influence the CER, which is an independent body.

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