Kerry Fine Gael fail to influence Fine Gael policy – Michael Healy-Rae T.D.

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Deputy Michael Healy Rae TD has claimed that Kerry Fine Gael public representatives have failed to even influence their party leader when it comes to the Shannon LNG project in Tarbert and is calling on them to explain why they have been unable to convince even their party leader of the importance such a valuable project.
 
Last Thursday, Leo Varadkar told the Dáil he believed that a proposed LNG terminal is not the right investment for a site in North Kerry, instead favouring a wind energy project. This despite a backdrop of Fine Gael TD’s and Councillors from Kerry and West Limerick calling for the progression of the project.
 
“It is fairly amazing with all the communication channels that Fine Gael proport to have, that they don’t have a clear one for their elected public representatives to get a simple message to their leader. What is clear and very clear is that the Fine Gael leader has already made up his mind about this project and is clearly against it and no matter what Fine Gael representatives are able to say, they too have very little power in influencing Leo Varadkar on the matter.
 
“All the running around, holding meetings and doing photocalls, has simply failed. Especially when Mr Varadkar has been so clear in stating that this is ‘not the right investment for the site’, and on the record of the Dáil” Deputy Michael Healy Rae said
 
The Independent Deputy is now calling on Kerry Fine Gael representatives to clearly explain why they have failed in carrying the message that the Shannon LNG project is a lifeline not only for that part of the country but for the country in general.
 
An Bord Pleanála are due to make a decision next month on a planning application from Shannon LNG Ltd., a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy, for a liquified natural gas terminal on the Tarbert Ballylongford land bank.