The ‘divide and conquer’ theory
- Local reaction to the €20,000 given to Manor Forum

‘Divide and conquer’ is a term we all know too well from our history books, but it was a statement the paper heard over and over again last week when speaking to those in opposition to Tamboran’s €20,000 donation to Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum (MEF).

‘Divide and conquer’ is a term we all know too well from our history books, but it was a statement the paper heard over and over again last week when speaking to those in opposition to Tamboran’s €20,000 donation to Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum (MEF).

In the face of such a theory being put into practise, local anti fracking groups as well as politicians are calling on the Manorhamilton and North Leitrim communities to unite against gas companies.

Sinn Fein Deputy Michael Colreavy called on the MEF to give back the €20k donation they have accepted from Tamboran Resources. The local TD stated “I strongly urge MEF to review and reverse this unwise decision and to return this donation; and I ask all community and sporting groups to recognise Tamboran’s agenda and to reject out of hand any offers of donations, no matter how worthy the project being sponsored”.

He said, “It defies belief that the so-called “unconditional” donation was accepted in advance of a report by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to the impact of Fracking on the environment, on water supplies, and on human and animal health.When I first read the anonymous statement on the Forum’s website I thought it was a joke – imagine seeking €20,000 towards the cost of providing a hotel in an area where tourism as well as agriculture would be destroyed by the activities of the donors.’’

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.