Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Shannon LNG Project
Martin Ferris (Kerry North-West Limerick, Sinn Fein)
I thank the Minister for his detailed response, but we have gone no further. There is an impasse here and we have to find a way to break it. The Minister mentioned Shannon LNG's own decision to lodge a number of complaints with the European Commission. As I read the rest of his speech, that is not the reason for holding things up. The proposal to have an opportunity to respond to the CER by 16 March is in the proposed decision paper.
If the political will exists - there is collective political will from all parties in respect of job creation and from a parochial point of view in trying to get jobs into Kerry - this must be overcome. Both the Minister and the Taoiseach have a role to play in this. Much was said at that meeting last Monday. I referred to a €75 million tariff. Is that true or is it just wild speculation? If that is the case, it will ensure it effectively will not happen.