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'They must think we are fools'

Landbank locals vow 'payback' as anger deepens over fresh promises on development & contradictory statements on future of LNG

The promise of a fresh stimulus package for the Ballylongford Landbank region has been met with derision by locals, days after what they characterised as the 'betrayal' of the Programme for Government agreement.

In abandoning vital State support for the Shannon LNG plant, the Programme for Government has effectively dashed the only stimulus plan of any worth for the Landbank industrial zone, locals say.

Meanwhile, suggestions in recent days from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Brendan Griffin that the plant could still be built, minus Government support, amount to further insult. "They must think we are fools," John Fox of the Tarbert Development Association told The Kerryman.