Parties United over Gas Supply Demand

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), December 15, 1998 | Go to article overview

Parties United over Gas Supply Demand


A CALL for natural gas to be pumped to the "neglected" north west of the Province won cross-party support in the Assembly yesterday.

The lack of provision of a gas pipeline outside the greater Belfast area had come under fire from SDLP East Londonderry Assemblyman Arthur Doherty.

He told the Assembly: "The exclusion of so much of Northern Ireland from the benefits of a natural gas supply raises serious questions of equity and if persisted in would cast doubts on the Government's sincerity in its declared concern about targeting areas of social need.

"These needs will not be satisfied by the implementation of proposals to import electricity to Northern Ireland by way of a Scottish interconnector.

"Whatever reasons were first brought forward to justify it are like John Cleese's parrot - gone, dead, passed on, over and done with. It is a non- project. Would that it were!

"Unfortunately the dead parrot is being resurrected, the unnecessary project has been given the kiss of life by a British minister."

Mr Doherty insisted that to allow the Coolkeeragh power station to die was "too high a price to pay for a drop of imported Scotch".

Alliance leader Sean Neeson slammed the Government's pro-interconnector announcement ahead of Government talks and suggested an all-party delegation should meet Stormont minister Adam Ingram. …

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