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Irish Independent: Ex-Garda joins Shell drive for good PR in Corrib row

Mar 11, 2006
Tom Shiel
A FORMER top garda has been appointed by Shell E&P Ireland as an “adviser” in a bid to break the impasse over the Corrib Gas project.
John Carey, who retired last year as Chief Superintendent of the Mayo Garda Division, is to begin work immediately with the multinational company on a part-time basis.
The 900m project to bring gas ashore from the Corrib Field off Co Mayo is bogged down because of a row over the onshore gas pipeline.
Five farmers from Rossport spent 94 days in jail last year because of their opposition to the route of the pipeline.
That controversy is ongoing and work on the onshore pipeline as well as the gas terminal complex at Bellanaboy in Erris has been held up indefinitely.
According to Shell, Mr Carey's job will involve talking to local community groups and relaying their concerns about the gas project back to the Corrib management team.
Shell has embarked on a major public relations drive in recent months.

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