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

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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

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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.

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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”

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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

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Campaigners marching in Annapolis, Maryland

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

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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.

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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

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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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Celebrities and Robert F Kennedy Jnr support call to ban fracking in Ireland

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Jane Fonda with Love Leitrim supporter Aoife at the recent Womens March in New York

Jane Fonda with Love Leitrim supporter Aoife at the recent Womens March in New York

Moves to ban fracking in Ireland have been boosted by the support of Hollywood legend, Jane Fonda. She has joined Susan Sarandon,Sean Lennon, Shailene Woodley, while Robert F Kennedy Junior has led an Irish American voice in support of a bill attempting to make its way through the Dail to ban fracking. The Back the Bill campaign has been active since October 2016 when the bill introduced by Tony Mcloughlin FG received unanimous cross party support when introduced to the Irish parliament.

Actress Shailene Woodley of 'Snowden' fame supports a ban in fracking in New York, Jan 2017

Actress Shailene Woodley of ‘Snowden’ fame supports a ban in fracking in New York, Jan 2017

However, since Dec 2016 the bill has been put out for consultation until Feb 10th by the Irish government causing supporters of it to worry that this might be a stalling measure by people who would prefer to see fracking in Ireland.

At a press conference in Dublin on Wednesday Feb 1st

Tony Mcloughlin TD who sponsored the bill reminded the people present that the bill was only part of the way there. He said, “We cannot afford delays of any kind” He urged that the bill get clear passage with ”no ifs or buts”

Antifracking group Love Leitrim who have been working with Tony Mcloughlin and Friends of the Earth have encouraged the public to urge the government to pass the bill in its current form to the next stage, do not water it down, nor try to delay in it.

Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim said

“ The only thing that can stop this bill is if people want to hold it back’

Martin Kenny TD Sinn Fein reiterated that sentiment, that even though a ban in fracking was voted for unanimously through the Dail, there were still forces behind the scenes promoting fracking.  He said

‘There are vested interests pulling strings”

Friends of the Earth Ireland have a petition, which has being receiving thousands of signatures asking the government to honour the wish of the Irish public for a frack free Ireland.

Robert F Kennedy Junior who has been supporting native tribes in Standing Rock also called out on social media for his followers to back this petition saying, “ Take action. Back the bill to ban fracking In Ireland”

Mark Ruffalo supporting the Back the Bill campaign in October 2016

Mark Ruffalo supporting the Back the Bill campaign in October 2016

 

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Press Conference on the public consultation to the JOC regarding the prohibition of fracking bill.

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Hildegarde Naughton, the Chair of Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, received a petition from anti-fracking groups, signed by over 7000 members of the public, calling for Bill to be passed without delay.

Some photographs from the press conference held in Dublin yesterday by GEAI with Friends of the Earth and Love Leitrim members.

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Kate Ruddock FOE speaking at the press conference in Buswells

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L-R; Eddie Mitchell, Kate Rudock FOE, Hildegarde Naughton, chair of JOC, Tony McLoughlin, Eamon Scanlan, Mary Bohan, Martin Kenny, Eugene Murphy

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Tony McLoughlin TD FG, Eddie Mitchell LL and Aedín McLoughlin GEAI

Mary Bohan, Caithaoirleach Leitrim County Council with Love Leitrim's Michael Gallagher

Mary Bohan, Caithaoirleach Leitrim County Council with Love Leitrim’s Michael Gallagher outside the press conference

 

 

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OceanFM – Anti-fracking campaigners say it’s time to ‘move on’ with Deputy McLoughlin’s bill

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OceanFMLogox160Eddie Mitchell spoke on Ocean FM before the press conference in Buswells. See details below from the OceanFM web site Feb 1st.


An anti-fracking group says it’s now time to move ahead with a Sligo/Leitrim TD’s Bill that would ban the controversial gas extraction method.

That’s one of the messages that will be delivered this afternoon during a press conference in Dublin.

It’s being organised by Love Leitrim, Friends of the Earth and a number of community and farm organisations in Buswell’s Hotel, at 2:15pm.

Meanwhile, the deadline for submissions on fracking to an Oireachtas committee has been extended from February 2nd to the 10th.

But Eddie Mitchell, of Love Leitrim, says Deputy McLoughlin’s Bill has already been unanimously passed in the Dail and it’s now time to move it on.


Listen to the clip at the link below;
Anti-fracking campaigners say it’s time to ‘move on’ with Deputy McLoughlin’s bill | Ocean FM.

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Time to shut the door on fracking

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Keep It In The Ground banner outside Dáil Eireann

A powerful show of farming, community, environmental groups and local and national politicians told the government that there’s no time for delay on the bill to ban fracking. Representatives were speaking at a press conference in Dublin Feb 1st 2017 about the public consultation on the bill to ban fracking.

The consultation was called in late December and organisations and individuals are being asked to send in their submissions with the closing date now extended till Feb 10th.  The bill was voted unanimously through the Dail on October 27th but subsequent to that decision, the public consultation was announced.

Submissions were delivered on the day from Love Leitrim, Leitrim Co Co, and GEAI as well as 250 farming petitions gathered by local Leitrim farmer Michael Gallagher. Love Leitrims’ submission recommendations were to pass the bill in its current form to the next stage, to not delay in that aim or water it down.

Submissions were presented to Hildegarde Naughton, the Chair of the committee scrutinising the bill.  A hand made St Brigids cross from Leitrim to commemorate the day, and to warn off danger and protect from harm was also presented to the Chair.  Friends of the Earth also delivered a petition with 7,500 names that they and Uplift had gathered online.

Hildegarde Naughton TD (Chairperson of Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment) accepts Leitrim County Council submission on Fracking from Cllr Mary Bohan. Also in pic Tony McLoughlin, Martin Kenny, Eugene Murphy

Hildegarde Naughton TD (Chairperson of Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment) accepts Leitrim County Council submission on Fracking from Cllr Mary Bohan. Also in pic Tony McLoughlin, Martin Kenny, Eugene Murphy

A recurring theme at the press conference voiced from representatives, was a concern that the bill was being delayed.

Tony Mcloughlin TD who sponsored the bill reminded the people present that the bill was only part of the way there. He said  “ We cannot afford delays of any kind” He urged that the bill get clear passage with ”no ifs or buts”

Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim said

“ The only thing that can stop this bill is if people want to hold it back’

Martin Kenny TD of Sligo Leitrim reiterated that sentiment, even though a ban in fracking was voted for unanimously through the Dail, there were still forces behind the scenes promoting fracking.  He said

‘There are vested interests pulling strings”

Brid Smith TD said that she was “worried that they are dragging it out, to make the bill fall.’  Heightened public pressure to ensure the bill continues without needless delays she felt was now the priority.

Eamon Scanlon, Hildegarde Naughton, Tony Mcloughlin, Mary Bohan, Martin Kenny, Eugene Murphy, Eddie Mitchell (Love Leitrim)

Eamon Scanlon, Hildegarde Naughton, Tony Mcloughlin, Mary Bohan, Martin Kenny, Eugene Murphy, Eddie Mitchell (Love Leitrim)

To that end the crowd was reminded that the Friends of the Earth and Uplift petition was still online for people to sign.

A vision of a frack free country was one that was in sight.

Kate Ruddock of Friends of the Earth rounded off the conference to say that

‘Fracking plays no part in our future”

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Listen back to Love Leitrim Members speaking on NearFM’s Enviro show

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NearFMLogoListen back here to Love Leitrim Members Nuala McNulty and Eddie Mitchell in the second half of NearFM’s Enviro program broadcast 30th January 2017. See article below by Dave Cullen from the NearFM website.


The following description is quoted from the NearFM Website and witten by Dave Cullen;


Enviro – 30th January 2017
In the first half of the program, John O’Rourke talked about new discoveries about trees. John referred to Peter Wohlleben’s book ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ and explained that Wohlleben, a forester and environmentalist, set out to prove that trees are sentient, communal, care for their young, for their neighbours; remember; can learn; count; in fact they may have emotions and feel pain. This is followed a discussion about trees between John O’Rourke, presenter John, and panellists Joe Dunne and Robert Navan.
Dolores Whelan and Mary Anne Gosling talked about the program of events taking place in the Imbolc/La Fheile Bride. The Brigit of Faughart Festival will take place between January 29th and February 5th. This includes performance by Luka Bloom will known singer/songwriter on Feb 3rd. Brigit is celebrated as pagan goddess and as saint and her legacy and the values she stands for, as environmentalist, healer, poet and spiritual teacher. There will be music, poetry, storytelling and song, with workshops in creative writing, movement, sound healing, healing sessions from different modalities, ‘be the change’ and the circle dance. The sacred sites of Faughart will be explored and there will be a pilgrim from Dundalk to Faughart.
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The second half of the program began with poet John O’Rourke reading some of his poetry (www.johnorourke.com). This was followed by Nuala McNulty of Love Leitrim talked about various events activities and festivals of general and specialist interest, which will be taking place in Leitrim during the year including theatre, heritage trails, crafts, art, music, hill walking including the North Leitrim Glens Hill Walking Festival, cycle tours, etc.
Eddie Mitchell explained about the closing date for making submissions with regard to the Fracking Bill, which is February 10th (http://www.foe.ie/takeaction/ban-fracking/). Leitrim have been to the fore in the campaign to have fracking banned. He encouraged listeners to go to that website or the Oireachtas website or the Love Leitrim website to make their opinion knows. Joe and Robert took part in discussions on the different subjects.
In conclusion, John pointed out that Ireland has become the first country in the world to pass a motion backing a ban on investing public money in fossil fuels. This resulted in the passing of Independent TD Thomas Pringle’s initiative. It happened in spite of the fact that the Fine Gael party and the independent TDs who support the government voting against it, resulting in a defeat for the government.
John thanked everyone for taking part.
Presenter: John Haughton
Panellists: Joe Dunne and Robert Navan
Interviewees: Dolores Whelan, Mary Anne Gosling, John O’Rourke, Nuala McNulty and Eddie Mitchell.

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Back The Bill as submission date looms

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Love Leitrim and national groups including ‘Friends of the Earth Ireland’ and ‘Uplift’ are urging people in Ireland to get their voice heard on the current public consultation on fracking, which ends next Thursday Feb 2nd.- Friday Feb 10th - Update deadline has been extended to Friday Feb 10th.

Love Leitrim are reminding business and community organisations, and local people in the region of the importance of using the opportunity to have their say on fracking by sending in a submission by Feb 10th and Back The Bill. The consultation seeks the public’s opinion on the legislation on fracking passed unanimously in the Dáil on October 2016 to its next stage, as well as the recent EPA report published last month.

Love Leitrim have been busy compiling their own submission due to go live on the site, later this week.  Templates are also available on our website for people to get wording or information to assist them to complete a submission.

Members have also been active on the ground in the Glens Centre, the farmers market and will be at forthcoming marts and bingo spreading the word. They even got as far as the capital where local farmer Michael Gallagher joined forces with poet Stephen Murphy in a Dublin rally last Saturday 21st to let the crowd know it was their right to speak up.

Eddie Mitchell spokesperson of Love Leitrim said

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“The bottom line is we all have a voice and a responsibility to use it if we can, as we are all living in the area that will be effected should fracking come in. We are advising members of the public but also calling on businesses, community groups, and organisations in sports, the arts, tourism and the food sector to send in a submission.  Just tell the government loud and clear that you support the bill to ban fracking and you don’t want your businesses, families and communities to be put at risk’

While there is an acknowledgement that some people might feel intimidated by the formality of writing a submission Mitchell reassures them

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“ Just use this opportunity to tell our political representatives that you don’t want fracking, and why it’s important for you that the bill continues. If its a hand written letter from you and your local Active Retirement group, or just simply signing a template letter its important that our politicians  hear you, and that you have your say. We are all in this together to make sure this bill gets to become law this year.  This is your way to Back The Bill.”

Meanwhile “Friends of the Earth Ireland” and “Uplift’ have launched petitions nationally which can be found online to show the level of opposition to fracking and support of the bill. They are calling on people to sign up. They will be delivering the petition in time for Feb 2nd Feb 10th. (Extended)

 


Love Leitrim advises the public that submissions can be emailed to Fracking@oireachtas.ie

or posted to;
The Clerk,
Joint Committee on Communications,
Climate Action and Environment at the Houses of the Oireachtas,
Leinster House Kildare Street Dublin 2
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Friends of the Earth petition: http://www.foe.ie/takeaction/ban-fracking/

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Friends of the Earth Ireland campaigns on climate change to further our vision of environmental justice and sustainability.

Uplift petition: https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ban-fracking-in-ireland

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The Oireachtas is asking you for your thoughts on fracking and unconventional extraction of fossil fuels. In October, they unanimously agreed to the principle of introducing legislation that would ban all fracking activities in Ireland. Now they want to know what the public thinks on the matter. There are lots of reasons why fracking is bad news. And mounting global and national peer reviewed and scientific evidence that taking oil and gas out of the ground poses a significant…

 

 

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