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'They must think we're fools'

Locals react to overtures on the regeneration of Shannon Estuary

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Local LNG supporters set out their feelings in bold type (from left) Noel Lynch, Ballylongford Enterprise Company; Teresa Parkinson, Kilcolgan Residents’ Association; and John Fox, Tarbert Development Association

Local LNG supporters set out their feelings in bold type (from left) Noel Lynch, Ballylongford Enterprise Company; Teresa Parkinson, Kilcolgan Residents’ Association; and John Fox, Tarbert Development Association

Local LNG supporters set out their feelings in bold type (from left) Noel Lynch, Ballylongford Enterprise Company; Teresa Parkinson, Kilcolgan Residents’ Association; and John Fox, Tarbert Development Association

Fresh promises for the development of the Shannon Estuary in Kerry are being met with derision among locals days after what they characterise as their 'betrayal' by politicians.

News that a stimulus package for the region is to be delivered within three months - as relayed by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael top brass to local councillors this week - was met with a vow to enact electoral payback at the next election on TDs supporting the Programme for Government (PfG).

Tarbert Development Association spokesperson John Fox said locals increasingly feel they are regarded as 'fools' by politicians as they promise fresh investment for the region, having just thrown out the only investment plan the Landbank had ever seen go so far. "As far as we're concerned, it's a dastardly act, a dastardly betrayal. We are very annoyed and have pointed out how two politicians in the last Government lost their seats because they didn't deliver Shannon LNG...This betrayal will not be forgotten, and somebody will have to pay a price for this however long it takes an election to come about," Mr Fox told The Kerryman this week.