An Taisce to hold public meeting on settling of Corrib gas case


An Taisce is to hold a public meeting in Belmullet, north Co Mayo, tonight in the wake of community criticism of its settled court action over the Corrib gas pipeline, writes Lorna Siggins.

Last week, the community group Pobal Chill Chomáin called for “legal clarity” on the Corrib project, following the decision by An Taisce and two residents to withdraw from court proceedings in late October. The group said it found it “baffling” that An Taisce would “walk away” when the court settlement had included an acknowledgment by the State that Ireland had failed to properly transpose certain aspects of the environmental impact assessment directive.

However, the State also claimed its consents, which had been challenged in the legal actions, were valid. Shell EP Ireland welcomed the settlement’s “legal clarity”.

An Taisce is to host tonight’s meeting to discuss “perspectives“on the settlement, which it has described as a victory for the environment.