Corrib protesters hit out at Government as first gas comes ashore
Protesters against the contentious Corrib pipeline have criticised the Government after gas began flowing for the first time.
Shell confirmed that gas came ashore from the field off the west coast yesterday.
The company said the "first gas" flow was an important milestone.
However, activists against the project believe the Government "slipped" the consent to Shell during the quiet festive period.
Energy Minister Alex White granted final approval for the pipeline earlier this week.
Shell to Sea, the group who have campaigned against the project for several years, described the approval as "desperate and disgraceful".
"The Government pushed this through because it's the quiet Christmas period," Shell to Sea spokeswoman Maura Harrington told the Irish Independent last night.
However, Ms Harrington sent a message to the Government, saying: "Our campaign isn't over by a long shot."
Gas was first expected to flow from the field by 2004.
But the project has been overshadowed, with concerns raised over its impact on the landscape and communities.