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Opportunity on future oil and gas finds

AS a former member of the Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, I want to welcome the report of the committee on future oil and gas finds off our coasts.

The essential recommendations of the report — that the State seek to double its tax take from major finds, and that greater transparency and consultation are established around the licensing process — are very welcome.

The line minister with responsibility for this area, Pat Rabbitte, needs to respond comprehensively to the recommendations of the report.

This is an opportunity that should not be lost.

Patrick Nulty TD

Leinster House

Dublin 2


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