President has signed onshore Fracking ban into law

Leonie McKiernan

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Leonie McKiernan

President Michael D Higgins looks set to become the latest Freeman of Limerick

President Michael D Higgins.

In a short statement issued to www.leitrimobserver.ie this afternoon the President's press office noted: "Having considered the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016, the President has signed the Bill and it has accordingly become law.Tar éis dó a mhachnamh a dhéanamh ar an mBille um Fhorbairt Peitriliam agus Mianraí Eile (Toirmeasc ar Scoilteadh Hiodrálach i dTír Mór), 2016 tá an tUachtarán tar éis a lámh a chur leis an mBille agus dá réir sin tá sé ina dhlí."

This is the culmination of six years of campaigning by anti-fracking lobby groups.