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BREAKTHROUGH: Thomas Healy, Glenamoy, and Thomas Gander. Austria, with a statue of St Barbara, exit the completed Corrib gas tunnel in Glengad, Co Mayo

BREAKTHROUGH: Thomas Healy, Glenamoy, and Thomas Gander. Austria, with a statue of St Barbara, exit the completed Corrib gas tunnel in Glengad, Co Mayo

BREAKTHROUGH: Thomas Healy, Glenamoy, and Thomas Gander. Austria, with a statue of St Barbara, exit the completed Corrib gas tunnel in Glengad, Co Mayo

'THE impact of what happened today will halve exploration activity for the next five years and I can tell you as Gospel, because we spent the last six years in the farm-out market." David Horgan, CEO Petrel Resources, Wednesday, on TV3's Tonight with Ivan Yates.

Grand so, I told the Petrel Resources CEO, take your licence and stuff it. Probably a bit harsh, but I've a low threshold for gamesmanship from industry lobbies. Leaving TV3, I joked with Horgan about looking forward to seeing his company's notice to quit Irish waters in the newspapers but I doubted I'd see any.


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