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Rabbitte asks oil industry whether licensing terms are too generous to oil industry

Minister dictates what consultants’ findings should be: that things are fine the way they are Last week Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte named the company chosen to carry out a “fitness-for-purpose” review of Ireland’s infamous licensing terms … Continue reading

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Opinion article in Evening Echo: ‘Ireland will not reap the reward of oil finds’

Below is an an opinion article by me that appeared in the Evening Echo (a daily newspaper published in Cork) on May 1st, about the fact that Ireland has very little control over its oil and gas resources. The article … Continue reading

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Our oil and gas might as well be off the coast of Brazil for all the good it will do us

Comment piece by William Hederman published in today’s Irish Daily Mail (10 September 2012) The dogs in the street now understand that Ireland’s share of revenue from our oil and gas fields is set to be pitifully small, thanks to … Continue reading

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Article on The Journal.ie about Barryroe discovery and Ireland’s oil and gas

Following the announcement in March 2012 by Providence Resources of a commercially viable oil discovery at the Barryroe field off Co Cork, The Journal.ie (an Irish online newspaper) ran this well-researched article (published 25th March 2012) about the significance of … Continue reading

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Newstalk item about Providence discovery at Barryroe

Here is a recording of a discussion I was involved in on Newstalk radio on 15th March 2012. The item was about the announcement by Tony O’Reilly’s Providence Resources that it had made Ireland’s first commercially viable discovery of oil … Continue reading

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Submission to Oireachtas Committee reviewing oil and gas exploration licensing

Last month (December 2011) I was invited to make a written submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture, which is reviewing Ireland’s licensing terms for oil and gas exploration. My submission is below. 

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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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