Colreavy calls on parties to unite against fracking

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Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that all parties must support a ban fracking on the island of Ireland.

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that all parties must support a ban fracking on the island of Ireland.

Speaking during a briefing on fracking organised by the Deputy in Leinster House last Wednesday, he said: “Fracking is an issue of real concern to the people of the North-West.

“Fracking is an unsafe means of extracting shale gas that could potentially have a serious impact on people’s health, the environment and the agricultural industry.

“The government parties must now join in the calls to see fracking banned on the island of Ireland.

“Recent developments in the 6 counties have seen the licence for fracking in Fermanagh being removed.

“Similar moves must take place in the 26 counties, and this can only happen with the support of Fine Gael and Labour.

“Parties from across the political spectrum and Independents have worked together on local councils to insert a ban on fracking in their local development plans.

“The same actions need to be repeated at a national level to ensure that fracking is not allowed on the island of Ireland.”