Fianna Fáil Communications, Environment and Natural Resources Spokesperson, Timmy Dooley TD has said that he, and his party, would support the proposed legislation to ban the harmful, dangerous process of fracking, and will not accept the Government’s amendment.

“Fianna Fáil has consistently opposed any attempt to introduce fracking into Ireland. At both local authority, and Oireachtas level, we have made it abundantly clear that we felt it had no place in Ireland.”

“The bill being put before us in Dáil Éireann tomorrow will put this issue to bed once and for all.”

“We will oppose any attempt to delay, defer or dilute the legislation as currently drafted.”

“I am disappointed by Minister Naughten’s attempts, on behalf of Fine Gael, to filibuster on this bill. As a rural deputy, he should know the depth of feeling among rural communities on this, and he should be doing everything he possibly can to end it once and for all.”

“Fracking is not necessary in Ireland, and would, if allowed, cause considerable environmental damage to rural communities up and down the country.”

“The Government’s attempts to defer and delay this important piece of legislation smacks of old politics. Their amendment is classic, old school politics, and people will see it for what it is.”

“We cannot risk our environment for the sake of short term benefit. Future generations of Irish people would not thank us.”

“We need to be more creative about how, and where, we generate sources of electricity and head. As I’ve said before, the country that masters its own energy needs is the country that will master its future,” concluded Dooley.