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Licensing Process - LNG Terminal

Planning Permission for Shannon LNG Terminal

Submission by Raymond O'Mahony, Kilcolgan, Tarbert.

Raymond O’Mahony. Initial objection to An Bord Pleanála:

1. Safety. As a resident living less than 800 metres from the LNG tanks this is too close on danger grounds.

2. The LNG main entrance is opposite my bounds and my visibility is restricted as I leave my house.

3. 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 for it.

4. The fear of having to live with the risk of an explosion for the rest of my life here is very stressful.

5. The visual impact of the massive tanks is a constant reminder of the dangers and will destroy my beautiful view.

6. At night I can hear the sea from my house. I will never hear the sea again if this project goes ahead.

7. The ten-foot fence across the road from my house will make the place look like a prison.

8. 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.

9. The dust, the blasting, the noise and the lights during construction will make our lives a living hell.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

Please help us.

Raymond and Margaret O’Mahony

Opening Submission to the Oral Hearing Day 1, Jan 21st 2008.

INSPECTOR: Thank you, Mrs. O'Mahony.

The next on the list or Raymond and Margaret O'Mahony.



MR. 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?

When 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.

My 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.

My 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.

My 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 to

the entrance". What else do they not know about us?

My 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.


Closing Submission of Raymond O’Mahony at the Oral Hearing on Day 8, Jan 30th 2008



Raymond O'Mahony is my name.

In 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.

We 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.

Ballylongford 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.

That 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.

As 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.

Development groups on both sides were taken to LNG terminals and we were never informed on information on what happened there, either from LNG or development groups.

I 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.

At 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.

My 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 the time.

We 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.

As 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.

Animals 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.

We were a lot happier in our own little world until we heard of LNG. Please leave us alone. Thank you.


O'Mahony family.


INSPECTOR: Thank you, Mr. O'Mahony.

MR. O'MAHONY: I have photos to show.

This is my view at the moment. This is what I will have to look at for the

rest of my life. Thank you.

INSPECTOR: Mr. O'Mahony, I am sure the

applicants have a copy of that photograph.

MR. O'MAHONY: They gave it to me.

INSPECTOR: Exactly. But we don't, so.

MR. O'MAHONY: I will give you a copy.


INSPECTOR: Thank you.