The passing of a Dail bill to ban all onshore fracking has been described as a victory for community groups in Leitrim.
The bill, sponsored by Sligo-Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin passed through the first house of the Oireachtas this morning, almost a full year since it was first proposed.
The moment when the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development( Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016 passed its most significant stage in the Dail this morning after a two-hour debate
The Bill was originally scheduled to be passed last week, but its passage was delayed after a number of amendments were tabled from TDs including Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan and Solidarity-People before Profit Richard Boyd Barrett, which would have extended the fracking bill to ban both onshore and offshore fracking.
However, after some discussion and confusion over the amendments not being allowed, it was proposed that the bill would pass as it was originally brought before the Dail to only include onshore fracking – which upset both TD Mick Wallace and Deputy Boyd Barrett:
Four amendments were lost in a vote, while one was withdrawn – which led the way towards the vote passing through the Dail.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan claimed the bill was a success for Ireland- but especially for local environment campaigners in Leitrim:
Thanking the Dail for its successful passage – Deputy Tony Mcloughlin said it was a very proud day for him:
The bill will now be brought before the Seanad by Minister Denis Naughten before it can be signed into legislation before the Dail term ends in July.