Warning not to be complacent in fight against fracking

The fight goes on say councillors

Leonie McKiernan

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Leonie McKiernan

Warning not to be complacent in fight against fracking

An anti-fracking protest

Leitrim's county councillors have warned against any complacency in the ongoing fight against the introduction of hydraulic fracturing.

Last month a Private members' motion brought by Fine Gael TD, Tony McLoughlin calling for the banning of fracking in Ireland passed its first stage in Dáil Éireann.

At the November Council meeting, Independent councillor, Felim Gurn, proposed a motion of congratulations for all members of the Oireachtas for supporting the recent proposal to ban fracking within this jurisdiction.

He pointed out that despite the differing political backgrounds of the four Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan/South Donegal TDs, they "came together to work as a unit" against fracking.

"I would further like to put on record our appreciation for the magnificent selfless work undertaken by all of the local groups who have been to the forefront of the anti-fracking movement," he said.

Other councillors moved to support the motion and the work of former Sligo/Leitrim TD, Michael Colreavy, was also highlighted by members.

However Cllr Des Guckian warned people against "being too hopeful" about a ban on fracking for Ireland.

"The danger could come back in some other guise," he warned.

Cathaoirleach, Cllr Mary Bohan also cautioned against being "overly optimistic at this stage".

"Minister (Communications, Climate Action and Environment)  Denis Naughten, has already indicated he is putting forward a number of amendments on the Bill," she said before paying special tribute to Love Leitrim, Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) and all the other anti fracking groups who "worked tirelessly to highlight the dangers of fracking".