Members of the ‘Love Leitrim’ Group are walking from Manorhamilton to Dail Eireann over the Autumn mid term to deliver the voice of the people of Leitrim to the Dáil.
The walk is the brainchild of local Leitrim teacher Cecily Gilligan, as she intends to take on the full journey walking through the villages and towns on the 133 miles in nine days to raise awareness with the communities shes meet en route, of the threat of hydraulic fracturing to Ireland.
The journey is to take on an added significance because at the recent international Global Frackdown event in Manorhamilton, residents were asked to write down their concerns about fracking. Their voices will be personally delivered into the hands of ministers after the 133 mile trek is completed to the Dáil. One of the organisers said, “Walking has a noble tradition in this country. We want to reach out from one community to another and look forward to meeting people on route and ask them to walk with us. We are honoured to bring their voices personally to legislators and ask them to listen to them and ban fracking, on their behalf.”
The Love Leitrim walkers start off on Saturday, October 27 and will be asking people on their first leg of their journey through Killargue, Drumkeerin, Drumshanbo, Carrick-on-Shannon, Drumsna, Dromod to Longford to come out and support their campaign to keep Ireland fracking free. Walkers will ask people to sign their petition and appeal to communities to lobby their politicians.