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Senator asks Minister if he has conflict of interest over Galway Bay energy test site

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Sinn Féin Sen Trevor Ó Clocartaigh.

Environment Minister Simon Coveney must clarify if he has a conflict of interest in adjudicating on the lease application for the renewable energy test site proposed for Galway Bay, a Galway senator has demanded.

An Cheathrú Rua based Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has written to the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government, Simon Coveney, to clarify the alleged conflict of interest, and to also extend the period for public submissions to between four and six months.

In his letter, Ó Clochartaigh askes to Minister to “indicate whether or not” he intends to “extend the period of consultation for the Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site Foreshore Lease Application” in Galway Bay, that is being proposed by the Marine Institute. The deadline for submissions is August 2.


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