Category Archives: State ‘take’

BBC radio documentary on ‘oil and gas giveaway’

A BBC radio documentary examining controversial aspects of oil and gas exploration in Ireland aired on BBC Radio Ulster today (Sunday, October 2nd, 2011). As the title suggests, ‘Ulster’s Oil and Gas Giveaway’ deals primarily with exploration north of the … Continue reading

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Guardians of oil and gas giveaway to be questioned in public

At last, the people most culpable for maintaining Ireland’s giveaway licensing terms for oil and gas are being made to explain themselves in public. At 3pm today (Tuesday, September 27th), senior officials from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural … Continue reading

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Surge of opposition to Rabbitte’s plan to issue licences

Despite the mounting swell of criticism from economists, commentators, campaigners and politicians, Pat Rabbitte is stubbornly insisting on granting more exploration licences – on Ireland’s notoriously bad terms – to companies keen to extract Ireland’s oil and gas reserves. In a stunning … Continue reading

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Ireland’s share of revenue from its gas fields could be as low as 7%, report shows

The tax write-offs under Ireland’s licensing terms for oil and gas are so generous, oil companies could end up paying the exchequer as little as 7% of the revenue from Irish gas fields. This shocking figure is extrapolated from information … Continue reading

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Oil companies plan to export directly from Irish oil fields

Oil might never come ashore here: no security of supply, no jobs, no investment Currently the stock defence offered for Ireland’s excessively generous licensing terms for oil and gas is that they encourage exploration, which in turn will create jobs, … Continue reading

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ARCHIVE: Prominent Shell to Sea activist to oversee Corrib project

[ This article was first published on Indymedia Ireland on June 16th, 2007 ] June 16th, 2007: Following several years of campaigning with the Shell to Sea campaign, Green Party TD Eamonn Ryan has been appointed to the ministry with … Continue reading

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