Hollywood star urges Taoiseach to remove Shannon LNG from EU subsidy list

A Hollywood star is among a group that is urging the Taoiseach to withdraw the Shannon LNG project from a European Union subsidy list.

Mark Ruffalo, who is a long-term anti-fracking campaigner, took part in an international press call with TD Brid Smith, Friends of the Earth and more.

Mr Ruffalo says it is distressing to hear the Irish Government is heading down this road and hit out at the oil and gas sector.

He says the proposed liquified natural gas terminal on the Tarbert Ballylongford landbank is a quick fix and will not address the long-term energy issue:

Mark Ruffalo is among 44 signatories on a letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asking him to withdraw Shannon LNG from European Union’s energy projects of common interest list before Wednesday when it will become entitled to subsidies.

Sweden recently removed a similar project from the list.

Extinction Rebellion will hold a demonstration on the issues outside Leinster House at 1pm today.

Mark Ruffalo urged Ireland to explore more renewable energy sources such as wind and solar: