Gas Crack as Gas Protester chief to run for Seanad - Political Quote

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Gas Crack as Gas Protester chief to run for Seanad

Dr Mark Garavan, a lecturer at GMIT and a leading member of the Shell to Sea campaign is to run for the Seanad.

The Corrib gas project will be one of the environmental issues on which Dr Garavan intends to campaign for one of six university seats in the Seanad. Three are held by NUI and three by Dublin University (Trinity College).

The move is understood to be part of a strategy within the Shell to Sea campaign in relation to the forthcoming general election. This may involve canvassing for politicians supportive of the campaign's stance - currently Dr Jerry Cowley (Ind) in Mayo, and members of the Labour Party, Green Party and Sinn Féin in that and other constituencies.

This latest move will bring the Gas protest back to the forefront as an election issues and throw a bit more fuel into the fire in the Mayo Constituency.

Harry Barrett, Labour's Candidate, is an Erris man who has backed the protesters all the way. This latest step could see Barrett's Erris vote solidify into a real chance at upsetting the tables on FF and FG who are convinced that they have Mayo to themselves.


Dermot Looney said...

Hi Keith,

I hope yourself and your Mayo colleagues can make it to the "Why Labour Says...Send Shell to Sea" workshop at the Party Conference on Saturday. Mícheál Ó Séighín of the Rossport 5 will speak and the meeting will focus on how Labour can support the campaign. Let me know if you've any questions to

Political Quote said...

Hi Dermot,

I know that Harry Barrett will be keeping the pressure on this issue over the coming months.

I made my position clear on the issue of the gas on my website some time ago.

Here is my four step solution to the Rossport issue.

1 Nationalise the Gas.
2 Pay Shell off (we're rich so lets pay).
3 Refine the Gas Offshore using a contracted company.
4 Bring the Gas ashore and sell it to the people of Ireland via Bord Gais.

You can check it out at

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