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Councillor Anthony Feely welcomes anti-fracking bill passing first stage in Dáil

Published: 1 November, 2016

Sinn Féin Councillor for Erne West, Anthony Feely, has welcomed the anti-fracking bill passing its first stage in the Dáil.

Speaking on Thursday night, following the initial reading, Councillor Feely said:

"It was great to see the first steps in banning fracking in the 26 Counties, progress through the Dáil on Thursday. I especially welcome the fact that the bill received cross party support.

"Now we must continue the campaign to ensure that fracking can never take place anywhere on the island of Ireland.

"The air we breathe and the water we drink are not contained by borders and so the ban on fracking should also be without borders in Ireland.

"My party colleague, former TD Micheal Colreavy, from our neighbouring constituency of Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal worked tirelessly during his term to research the devastating effects of fracking and to bring forward legislation to ban the process North and South.

"I am pleased to see that his successor, Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny, has continued in his footsteps in introducing an amendment to Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, to the same effect last June.

"Sinn Féin will do all in its power to ban fracking on Irish soil, North and South." - Ends/Críoch