Wednesday 14 November 2007

Protesters set to bring appeal to European court

PROTESTERS, who lobbied against the Shell refinery, may bring an appeal against the decision at European level, the wife of a man jailed for opposing the plant, said last night.

THE Shell to Sea group, claimed yesterday the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was "flawed".

Mary Corduff, whose husband Willie was jailed two years ago for his opposition to the pipeline, said she was "disappointed but not surprised" by the decision.

She said there is a possibility the ruling will be appealed to Europe where Ireland "does not have the best record as regards environmental protection".

Another campaigner, Imelda Moran from Belmullet, Co Mayo, said it was "fundamentally flawed "that the only body the group could appeal to was the EPA itself.

"There should be a judicial review on the decision," Mrs Moran asserted.

Following yesterday's announcement, Brendan Cafferty of the Pro Gas Mayo Group said it was time for everyone involved to accept the outcome.

"The EPA is a reputable, independent, organisation that we should all have full confidence in," he said.

Tom Shiel
Irish Independent

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