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Mother and child look over at the lake near the site where drilling is proposed

Image from the quarry of the first of the fracking test equipment brought in to Belcoo, Co.Fermanagh 2015

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Let’s celebrate the fracking ban at the Rainbow Ballroom -14th October




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Event for Global Frackdown 2017


On Saturday 14th October Please join Love Leitrim and friends to celebrate the fracking ban, our lovely country and community power. We will be joined by some of our international friends who have helped the campaign including Jessica Ernst, Canada, Julia Walsh, New York and Helmut Fehr, Germany. There’ll be music, chat, poetry, tea, craic and dancing. Details below:





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Win as legislative ban on fracking finalised

LL_IMG_20170628_163255_BURST001_COVER-600x450Love Leitrim welcomed the passing of the legislative ban on fracking as it completed the final stage in the Seanad on Wednesday June 28th and will now be sent to the President to be signed into law.

On welcoming the move Love Leitrim’s spokesperson Eddie Mitchell acknowledged that the community campaign had won by informing themselves about the issue, lobbying local and national representatives and by promoting the positive aspects of Leitrim and Ireland.

He added “As a small community it was a fight for its life. We have a right to live in a safe place. People didn’t have a choice but to get involved, this is our home, where our families are from, where our people are buried and these fields are the place where our children play.”

Love Leitrim could see at an early stage that this was a national and international issue not a local one.

Mitchell added “seeing the plight of communities in Canada and Australia acted as a warning for us, they showed us that you could stand up and make a change and be successful like communities in New York. We couldn’t afford to lose everything that was dear to us just like we saw others losing what was important to them.

Describing the thinking behind the successful strategy behind the Love Leitrim campaign Mitchell said  “We did it by engaging the community, through participation and empowerment. We are proud of where we are from. We are proud of Leitrim and Ireland. We wanted to reflect what Leitrim was about, farmers, fishermen, artists, professionals, parents and about sustainability. This is about Ireland. We knew we wouldn’t win unless we brought everyone along. We understood that we had to convince everyone. We knew that we had to be non-political. We had to win over hearts and minds.”

He added

“We by nature are close to the land and maybe we have become watchdogs like our parents before us. We have a responsibility to the land and each other and the life that the land nurtures. We feel privileged we can make a difference in our own small way in dealing with bigger challenges. We all have to be able to come together for the biggest fight the planet now faces, climate change. We hope that our successful campaign here will be a catalyst for other communities and show what can be achieved.”

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Minister Kyne speaks about the Fracking Bill Fifth Stage

This video is due to become part of the article on the progression of the bill

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Fracking Bill passes fifth stage in the Dáil

The Leas Ceann Comhairle acknowledging the applause from the gallery
Members of the Dáil preparing to vote on an amendment

Members of the Dáil preparing to vote on an amendment

Following an adjournment of the report stage in the Dáil last Wednesday, the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016 has now passed the fifth and final stage in the Dáil. The bill will now be passed from the Dáil to the Seanad for examination. As long as there are no amendments proposed by the Seanad, the bill will be returned to the Dáil and then sent to the President for signing into law. This is a significant day in the campaign and one that Love Leitrim have been working towards for the past six years. All parties in the Dáil were in agreement that fracking should not take place on the island of Ireland. Many members of the Dáil expressed their concern that the bill does not include a prohibition of off-shore fracking but were still in favour of this bill. Deputy Boyd-Barrett and Deputy Wallace stressed the need for a ban on off-shore fracking and while the other members of the Dáil agreed in principle with this, there was a desire not to delay the bill by attempting to include further amendments.

Deputy Richard Boyd-Barrett

Deputy Richard Boyd-Barrett

Deputy Mick Wallace

Deputy Mick Wallace

LoveLeitrim agree that fracking should be banned not only off-shore but within the entire Island and waters of Ireland. The group will continue to support a push for an all out prohibition of fracking in Ireland.

Minister Eamon Ryan TD

Minister Eamon Ryan TD

Minister Eamon Ryan TD had submitted an amendment (4a) in the last few days to propose a Ban on issuing of licences by Minister in an effort to prevent off-shore fracking but the amendment was not accepted. There were acknowledgements given to the various groups involved in the campaign, particularly in Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon, Clare and Fermanagh. Thanks were expressed to Minister Tony McLoughlin and his team, LoveLeitrim, Concerned Health Professionals of Ireland (CHPI), Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI), Friends of the Earth Ireland and former Minister Michael Colreavey. As an exceptional measure, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Leas Ceann Comhairle, accepted the applause from the groups present in the Gallery after the bill was passed. This is a great day for Ireland and proof that our political system can indeed work for the good of the people.

The Leas Ceann Comhairle acknowledging the applause from the gallery

The Leas Ceann Comhairle reacts to the applause from the gallery

Minister Tony McLoughlin TD - proud to stand in the Dáil today at the final stage of his bill

Minister Tony McLoughlin TD – proud to stand in the Dáil today at the final stage of his bill

We look forward to the day, very soon, when the President is presented with the bill for signing.



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Enniskillen book launch of “Frackopoly” by Wenonah Hauter Sunday June 11th 19:30.

Cover of "Frackopoly" by Wenona Hunter

We have been asked to share the following email message regarding the book launch of “Frackopoly” by Wenonah Hauter.

A chara,

Although our efforts to date have secured a moratorium on Fracking in Fermanagh, the spectre of a renewed push from the corporations involved remains a real & live concern for us. Therefore it is fitting that the author of “Frackopoly”, Wenonah Hauter, has chosen Fermanagh as the only venue in the north of Ireland to launch her book.

The launch will take place on Sunday 11th June at 7.30pm in the Westville Hotel, Enniskillen with guest speakers from “Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network” and “Love Leitrim” as well as the author of the book, Wenonah Hauter.

I have attached an invitation to the event and I would be delighted if you could join us.


Thank You


Jemma Dolan MLA

Cover of "Frackopoly" by Wenona Hunter

Cover of “Frackopoly” by Wenonah Hauter

Book Launch - "Frackopoly" by Wenona Hauter

Book Launch – “Frackopoly” by Wenonah Hauter

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Please let Minister Naughten know that his comments are appreciated


The excellent reply above was added by Minister Denis Naughten on a recent post by Friends Of the Earth Ireland. It shows a determination by the Minister to finalise the bill without delay.
Please let the Minister know that we appreciate his comments by clicking like on his Facebook post above (as illustrated below). Thank you for taking the time to do this. It is important that we let Minister Naughten know that we support his determination to ensure the bill is passed ASAP.


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Please click ‘Like’ on the live FaceBook post by Minister Naughten at the top of this page or alternatively click the image to go to the Facebook post and click like there.

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Sligo – Leitrim cycle for charity

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tony McLoughlin TD with members of Love Leitrim

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tony McLoughlin TD with members of Love Leitrim

The Sligo – Leitrim 60km Charity Cycle took place this morning from IT Sligo. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny took part in the cycle. The cycle took a scenic route around Lough Gill to Dromahair in Leitrim. Members of Love Leitrim came out to support the event and met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Local TD Tony McLoughlin. Tony and his assistant Blaine have been working hard to bring Tony’s bill to ban fracking to the final stage.


Members of Love Leitrim with Tony McLoughlin TD and his PA Blaine Gaffney

Cyclist Seamus McGowan with other LL members at todays cycle

Cyclist Seamus McGowan with other LL members at todays cycle

Scott and Michael, long term members of Love Leitrim out to support the cycle

Scott and Michael, long term members of Love Leitrim out to support the cycle

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Minister Denis Naughten on fracking bill -”THIS WILL NOT BE LEFT IN LIMBO”

A clear message from Minister Naughten on Facebook today

pic: A clear message from Minister Naughten on Facebook

The Minster for the Department of Communications, Climate action and Environment, Denis Naughten has put the power of his office behind the ban fracking bill. Following a post by Friends of the Earth Ireland on the 9th May Minister Naughten chose to respond, leaving no doubt about his position on the bill. He said “THIS WILL NOT BE LEFT IN LIMBO I’m determined to pass this ASAP”.

Love Leitrim would like to thank the Minister for his continued support for the bill.

Below is Minister Naughten’s comment – Facebook users, please consider clicking like on the Ministers comment to show your appreciation for his support.

Below is the original Friends of the Earth Ireland’s post:

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Leitrim Energy Group Leader wins ‘Get Involved’ community competition

Manorhamilton's Seamus Dunbar gave an impressive presentation at the #GetInvolvedLocal Awards. He was first up in the Dragons Den interview

Seamus Dunbar gave an impressive presentation at the Get Involved Local Awards. He was first in front of the Dragon’s Den style interview panel

Congratulations to Séamus Dunbar and North Leitrim Sustainable Energy Group(NLSEC) on winning the ‘Get Involved’ Community Champion award at the finals in Blanchardstown today. The final stage consisted of a ‘Dragons Den’ panel and Séamus suitably impressed the Judges including well known Environmentalist Duncan Stewart. Séamus won top prize in the Energy Champion Category.


Séamus accepting his Energy Champion award

NLSEC were formed with the backing of Love Leitrim a year ago. Several of our members joined the new group proposed by Séamus. NLSEC are now a stand-alone group cosisting of the Chairperson Séamus Dunbar, some members of Love Leitrim and many others living in the Northwest area with an interest in promoting and utilising sustainable energy. The group also has members of Good Energies Alliance Ireland on board and is being supported by SEAI and Leitrim Development Company.

Séamus Dunbar, NLSEC

Séamus Dunbar, NLSEC


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Love Leitrim congratulates Comittee on progress made on the fracking ban


Listen to Eddie Mitchell’s comments on OceanFM below.

 In April, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment published a report on its scrutiny of Deputy Tony McLoughlin’s Private Members Bill on the ban on fracking. While welcoming the report and its support for Deputy McLoughlin’s bill, Love Leitrim was aware that consideration was being given to implementing the ban as an amendment to existing legislation, instead of as a standalone, private member’s bill. Love Leitrim was concerned that this different approach might somehow reduce the scope and effectiveness of the ban.
To, the Committee unanimously approved an amendment to amend the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960, introduced by Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Sean Kyne on behalf of the government. This amendment explicitly prohibits the exploration and extraction of Ireland’s onshore petroleum by fracking. Today’s vote signals the end of the committee stage of the bill, which is another major milestone in the legislative process.
Love Leitrim is satisfied that government’s approach retains the core objective of Deputy McLoughlin’s bill – that there should be a complete and comprehensive ban on the use of fracking in Ireland’s lands and internal waters. It establishes a robust and unambiguous definition of fracking that is not tightly linked to current technologies, encompasses both exploration and extraction, does not inhibit renewable technologies such as geothermal, and allows breaches to attract the highest class of penalties available.
“This amendment, taken together with the Minister’s rejection of the EPA Report recommendations and the decision not to proceed with the next phase of EPA research, and the shift in the Government’s attitude to climate change signaled in the draft National Mitigation Plan, makes the ban strong and secure,” said Love Leitrim chair Johnny Gogan.
Love Leitrim welcomes the fact that this amendment will proceed on government time, giving the ban a much greater chance of becoming law before the summer recess.
Speaking outside the Dail today, Love Leitrim member Scott Coombs said “the committee and its officials are justifiably proud the work they have put into this legislation. The Attorney General has also deserves praise in drafting an amendment that preserves the full intent of the original bill. We think this is a good day for communities, the environment and public health in Ireland.”
Coombs concluded “This bill also demonstrates that, when coupled with genuine public consultation, our political system can express the public will and promote the public good. Love Leitrim looks forward to a continued and positive engagement with this system.”
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Love Leitrim AGM Thursday 11th May in the Bee Park


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Love Leitrim’s Annual General Meeting will take place in the Bee Park Manorhamilton on Thursday 11th May at 8pm. All members, volunteers and interested parties are welcome to attend. An outline of the work carried out by the group during the past year will be given by our Chairperson Johnny Gogan and officers may be proposed for appointed positions. Please come along if you are interested in taking part and thank you for your continued support.

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Maryland USA Bans Fracking


The state of Maryland has become the third US State to ban fracking. Governor Larry Hogan has now signed into law a statewide ban on fracking. This comes at the end of a long campaign with particularly strong input by Food And Water Watch US. Congratulations to all involved in making this happen, only 47 states to go.


Read the full atricle on the Food and Water watch web site.


Campaigners marching in Annapolis, Maryland

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‘Atlantic’ – The Model, Sligo, Friday 31st of March, 7pm followed by panel discussion


From the maker of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s new film Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland’s ocean resources.  Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson narrates the film shot across Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland (Canada) by Scannáin Inbhear (Inver Films).  Atlantic was awarded Best Irish Documentary at the Dublin International Film Festival 2016.


Three countries, two resources, one choice

Narrated by Brendan Gleeson, Emmy Award-Winner
Directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill,
Winner of 2016 Screen Directors’ Guild Finders Series for Atlantic

Best Irish Documentary – Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016
Best Environmental Documentary – Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 2016
Grand Jury Prize for Most Outstanding Film – Wexford Documentary Film Festival 2016
Audience Award – British & Irish Film Series Festival, Luxembourg, 2016
Selected for Irish Film Institute Schools Programme 2016-2017

 “It made my blood boil.” – Sunday Business Post
“absolute must-see” – Film Ireland
 “Entertaining, informative and essential.” – Irish Times
 “a wake-up call as chilling as a bucket of ice-cold seawater over the head” – Irish Examiner
“epic in scope, damning in its conclusions – Irish Times
 “…Ó Domhnaill is a critical and influential documentary maker, exposing the reality of our resource mismanagement with his first major project The Pipe and he astonishes again with Atlantic. – Hot Press
“vital… this is important stuff” – Sunday Independent

Atlantic is an engrossing piece of truth-seeking, visually stunning and crafted with clarity and insight. It was an honour to be involved.”
– Brendan Gleeson






Twitter @AtlanticStream


A collaboration spanning Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland (Canada), award-winning director Risteard Ó Domhnaill has announced a release date of April 29th for his new feature-length documentary, Atlantic.
After previously taking a behind-the-scenes look at Ireland’s Corrib Gas controversy, O’Domhnaill realised that a wider story of resource mismanagement was emerging — one that needed to be told for the sake of coastal communities everywhere.  Atlantic, which started as an ambitious crowdfunding project and is now backed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann (The Irish Film Board), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation and Nordnorsk Filmsenter (the North Norwegian Film Centre), is that story.Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges. As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal people and the species they rely on may be reaching a point of no return.In Norway, fishermen and their resource have historically been aggressively protected by national authorities. But as oil fields dwindle and the country now looks to add to its reserves, Arctic cod fisherman Bjørnar Nicolaisen is campaigning against seismic testing by the oil explorers criss-crossing his fishing grounds. On the outer edges of Norway’s five-star economy, seismic blasting is threatening to blow Bjørnar’s livelihood out of the water.Across the ocean in Newfoundland, where an oil boom has hit, fisherman Charlie Kane will likely be the last of his generation to work the sea, after a cod fishing ban in the 1990s brought a world-renowned industry to a halt overnight. Yet Charlie is thankful his sons can now make a good living on the oil rigs, and won’t need to toil in small boats on Newfoundland’s perilous Grand Banks. But now, as oil prices plummet, their village is once more taking on water, as the the quick money of the black gold rush begins to run dry.Meanwhile on the west coast of Ireland, Jerry Early has seen the heart ripped out of his island after a ban on drift netting for wild salmon. As he fights to regain his fishing rights, he’s up against a government which takes orders only from the European Union. As foreign super-trawlers operate with impunity just offshore, Jerry feels like a criminal on his own boat. The circumstances could be dire if he defies the new order of the ocean, but as the unofficial “mayor” of a dying island, Jerry feels he has to face up to powerful interests before it’s too late.

Filmed in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the North Atlantic, and at close quarters with some of the sea’s most captivating characters, Atlantic brings the very personal stories in the vital resource debate to the fore, exploring how three modern day communities must learn from the past, in order to secure a brighter future.

Filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill commented “My last documentary, The Pipe, told the story of a small coastal community as they faced down one of the world’s most powerful oil companies, which was forcing a high-pressure raw gas pipeline through their farms and fishing grounds.  The story raised more questions for me than it answered, leading me to look at the politics of our oil and gas prospects off the Irish coast. What has since unfolded is an incredible story of resource mismanagement, and the capture of our offshore riches — oil, gas and fishing — whilst our gaze is elsewhere.”

He continued, “Unfortunately, what I found when I looked across the Atlantic is that Ireland’s tale is not unique. However, in both Norway and Newfoundland, the lessons learned by similarly affected communities can help us to chart a different course, before our most renewable resources are damaged beyond recognition, or sold to the highest bidders.”

Commenting on his involvement, Brendan Gleeson said that “Atlantic is an engrossing piece of truth-seeking, visually stunning and crafted with clarity and insight. It was an honour to be involved.”

Screening – The Model, Sligo, Friday 31st of March, 7pm followed by panel discussion with the award winning director Risteard O’Domhnaill, Easkey Britton PhD Environment, world class surfer, TED talk speaker and NC Britton pioneer surfer and psychotherapist


Tickets €10

Students €5

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LoveLeitrim Meeting Thurs 2nd March 2017


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The Love Leitrim monthly meeting will take place on Thursday 2nd March in the Bee Park Manorhamilton. If you would like to attend please come along and introduce yourself. If you have a particular item to discuss it would be best to contact us beforehand as it is often a full agenda.

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