McLoughlin’s anti-fracking bill passes Seanad

Sligo-Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin’s Private Members bill to ban on-shore fracking has passed through the Seanad this afternoon and moved done step closer to being signed into law.

The bill, which would see all fracking in the Republic banned, was successfully adopted by the Dail last month, but still required the support of Senators today to ensure it could be signed into legislation.

Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan tabled an amendment to the bill to seek that it include off-shore fracking as part of its progress through the upper house of the Oireachtas but the motion was defeated in a vote.

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Deputy McLoughlin, as well as a number of anti-fracking campaigners were present as the bill was adopted by the house and in the Dail and Minister of State Sean Kyne thanked the House for voting the bill through: