International, in March 2009, in a study funded by the Irish
Government Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, found that
in Ireland, “personal relationships, patronage, political favours,
and political donations are believed to influence political decisions
and policy to a considerable degree.2 This “legal corruption”, as
Transparency International terms it, is the root cause of our
petition because we believe that a political decision was made to
site the LNG terminal on the southern shores of the Shannon Estuary
and now the development consent bodies are only “ticking the boxes”
to give permission for this terminal without any strategic planning
or concern for the environment or health and safety of the thousands
of people living within the danger zone of this development.
Click here to read the full "Transparency International" report on legal corruption in Ireland 2009.