Speaking at an anti-fracking seminar in Sligo last week Sinn Féin MEP candidate for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has pledged his support for the campaign to prevent fracking in Ireland.
Carthy said, “Sinn Féin remains opposed to proposals for fracking in the Lough Allen Basin and elsewhere in Ireland. We are standing up for communities concerned about the potential damage to the environment, to tourism and to the farming sector.”
He said “I commend my party colleague Michael Colreavy for bringing forward legislation which if enacted would ban fracking. Fracking has been an issue of grave concern, especially in Leitrim, Sligo and Fermanagh, for communities near the Lough Allen Basin. These concerns need to be listened to. Fine Gael and Labour representatives need to listen to the people. They are in government and are in a position to ban fracking.”