O’Mahony. Initial objection to An Bord Pleanála:
Safety. As a resident living less than 800 metres from the LNG tanks
this is too close on danger grounds.
The LNG main entrance is opposite my bounds and my visibility is
restricted as I leave my house.
The bus stop for my children is down the road from my house and it
will be very dangerous for the children outside on the road waiting
The fear of having to live with the risk of an explosion for the rest
of my life here is very stressful.
The visual impact of the massive tanks is a constant reminder of the
dangers and will destroy my beautiful view.
At night I can hear the sea from my house. I will never hear the sea
again if this project goes ahead.
The ten-foot fence across the road from my house will make the place
look like a prison.
This is my home. It will become worthless if this project goes ahead
because of being so close to the entrance and to the tanks.
The dust, the blasting, the noise and the lights during construction
will make our lives a living hell.
I am worried that Shannon LNG will act like a big brother and rule
over us telling us what to do and completely ignore our concerns once
they get in.
The councillors and the politicians have ignored our views and tell
us only that this is in the hands of An Bord Pleanala and nothing to
do with them. So I hope An Bord Pleanála does the right thing.
Not one person in the Ballylongford or Tarbert Assosciations has ever
dealt with me or come near my house. They do not speak for us.
Rural life in this area will be destroyed. My neighbours walk up and
down the road and stop for chats. They won’t be able to do that any
more. If I had wanted to live in a town I would have gone to a town.
I hope that if the day comes when the whole place blows up that I
will be at my house when it happens because God only knows how
terrible it would be to come home afterwards and see everyone dead.
I am almost the closest house to the LNG plant (the second closest to
be exact) and every time I open my mouth to say how worried I am
people only laugh it off – Shannon LNG included – even though
this will change our lives forever.
Shannon LNG said that if it explodes that I could hide behind a tree
to protect myself. How do I tell my young children (6 years, 5 years
and 7 months old) to do that.
and Margaret O’Mahony
Submission to the Oral Hearing Day 1, Jan 21st
Thank you, Mrs. O'Mahony.
next on the list or Raymond and Margaret O'Mahony.
RAYMOND O'MAHONY PRESENTED HIS SUBMISSION AS
RAYMOND O'MAHONY: My name is Raymond O'Mahony. I was born and reared
in Kilcolgan. I live too close to the proposed LNG terminal. I am the
width of the road from it. Why should we have to represent ourselves
here today? Is it because people are afraid to ask questions which
involve people's way of life?
studies were done on the landbank of the birds, the fish, the foxes
etc., did they forget to turn around and observe the local people? Or
were we being ignored? I have a wife and three young children and I
am worried about them and my home.
first point. I have a fireplace with photos on the mantle, when
lorries and tractors go up the hill at the side of my home, which is
about 150 metres from my house, it will vibrate what is on top of the
mantle. I am worried that when blasting rock on the proposed site
will it damage my home? When I was building my house the engineer
told me that the foundation was built on the same line as rock from
my house to the shoreline.
second point. When I queried my home insurance company it took ten
weeks to give me an answer concerning the proposed LNG terminal. The
answer I got back was that my insurance company would not cover any
damages during blasting or construction at an LNG terminal and that
LNG would have to submit their insurance to me to give to my
insurance company. When we ask questions concerning the LNG terminal
people think they can laugh at us.
third point. I am not happy with the main entrance straight across
from my home. When highlighted to LNG at a meeting in the Lanterns
they tried to sort it out. When speaking to an LNG representative,
one of them said to me "I didn't think your house was that close
entrance". What else do they not know about us?
fourth point. Does Shannon LNG expect my family and neighbours to be
awake 24-hours a day during construction, when we are used to a
quiet, peaceful life? This is not acceptable, that locals have to put
up with this for the rest of their lives. Thank you.
Submission of Raymond O’Mahony at the Oral Hearing on Day 8, Jan
RAYMOND O'MAHONY PRESENTED HIS CLOSING SUBMISSION,AS FOLLOWS:
O'Mahony is my name.
my final submission I, Raymond O'Mahony, speak on behalf of
myself, my wife Margaret, my daughter Shannon, aged 7, my son Jamie,
aged 5, and Baby Molly, who is 10 months old.
believe that if this project, this proposed LNG terminal goes ahead
our lives will change forever. The first I heard of LNG was at a
meeting in Ballylongford and at that meeting people were excited.
Even myself I must admit.
Development stated clearly at the meeting that Shannon LNG would not
meet individuals and that any questions or meetings would have to be
brought through the Bally or Tarbert Developments, and that they
would only meet with a group. Also at that meeting
it was proposed that a local farmer would be put on the Committee as
a representative for the locals. I heard, about a month later, a
farmer who was about seven miles from the site was put on the
Committee. Is that considered local? Not in my eyes anyway.
is when I smelt a rat. Since that meeting to the present day I have
never seen any representative of Bally or Tarbert Development call to
my house to speak about the LNG terminal, as I am straight across the
road from it. Whether it was their job or not, it is always easier to
speak to one someone you know than someone you don't know.
time went by locals were not that happy. The representatives of LNG
then started to call. Their visits were short and brief and booklets
were given out. Questions were never really answered. The local
people of the area decided that they would have their own local
meetings, because we felt left out.
groups on both sides were taken to LNG terminals and we were never
informed on information on what happened there, either from LNG or
did a bit of research myself and was not impressed. At local
meetings I would show my research and at first people would always
say I was making it up and "who told you that?". I even
fell out with my Father and Uncle over it. It was only when others
did the same that things started to change, that local people did not
like the idea of it. Two or three days before one of our local
meetings I was visited by two LNG representatives. I told them that
people were not happy and going to object to the project. They asked
why and I told them, and the reasons for it.
our local meeting on that Friday night, the same week that I met with
the two LNG representatives, was a free trip to Barcelona for six
locals. Everybody was delighted. Three only went. I didn't go because
I would probably rock the boat and spoil it. Since then I have not
had a night that LNG wasn't mentioned or wasn't on my mind. I have
been researching LNG morning, noon and night, meeting people, phoning
people, asking people about it, and we as a family still believe it
is not safe for us to live there.
son often says "when it does come, Daddy, are we going to blow
up?". This is because he is so used to us going on about it all
believe that if this project comes my house will not be a home
anymore, because it will not feel safe and the constant reminder when
looking out my window, cutting the grass, painting the house, making
the tea, or whatever the case may be no matter what it will be
staring at me in the face. They are going to destroy everything we
are used to.
I have sat and listened to things that have gone on here all week I
believe that LNG are more interested in the wildlife in this area
than us. They have had specialists on every animal you could think
of, concerned about the affects that it will have on them.
do not speak. If they did I believe they would say the same as me. As
I can speak people don't seem to listen. But the true facts remain
the same: This is my home, my nest, my bread and butter, it should
not be overlooked and ignored.
were a lot happier in our own little world until we heard of LNG.
Please leave us alone. Thank you.
Thank you, Mr. O'Mahony.
O'MAHONY: I have photos to show.
is my view at the moment. This is what I will have to look at for the
of my life. Thank you.
Mr. O'Mahony, I am sure the
have a copy of that photograph.
O'MAHONY: They gave it to me.
Exactly. But we don't, so.
O'MAHONY: I will give you a copy.
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