Sinn Féin will be supporting the anti-fracking bill coming before the Dáil next week, according to Martin Kenny TD for Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal.
Deputy Kenny said: “Sinn Féin will be supporting this bill to prohibit fracking in this state. In fact, my colleague Brian Stanley TD and I introduced an amendment to the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960, to the same effect last June.
“In this constituency I am following in the pioneering footsteps of my predecessor, former TD Michael Colreavy, who worked tirelessly during his term to research the devastating effects of fracking and to bring forward legislation to ban the process North and South.
“Unfortunately, such pieces of legislation go through a lottery process to get onto the order paper in the Dáil and ours has not yet come up. We will support this Bill however.
“I notice that Deputy McLoughlin is introducing his Bill during Private Members’ Time and that it is not coming forward as government legislation. I hope that his party and their colleagues in Fianna Fáil will support it and prevent this destructive form of exploration taking place.
“Sinn Féin will do all in its power to ban fracking on Irish soil, North and South, including supporting this bill in the Dáil next week.”