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

Help us to keep fracking out of Ireland. If you are approached or come across any activity in your area that you suspect may be associated with fracking please use this form to send us the details. we will do all we can to check it out and pass on the verified information to other groups and individuals who can try to help with the issue. The form will allow you to mark on a map the approximate location and submit any other details you think relevant.

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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

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

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
D02 XR20

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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Online petition to the fracking bill Committee now live

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Friends of the Earth Ireland have set up an online petition for the fracking bill. If you can not submit an individual response please sign this online petition to the Fracking bill Committee. The signatures will be handed in to the committee on the 2nd 10th February 2017. — Update: the deadline for submissions has been extended until Friday Feb 10th.

Please share the facebook post or retweet the twitter feed below thank you.

The Oireachtas is considering a Bill to Ban Fracking in Ireland, and is seeking public comment. Sign the petition to tell the Committee to #BacktheBill without delay. http://bit.ly/2jva31p

Posted by Friends of the Earth Ireland on Tuesday, 17 January 2017

 

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Public consultation on the anti-fracking bill closing February 10th 2017 (Extended)

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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Public Consultation on UGEE (Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction)

Now Open until Friday 10th February 2017

Tony McLoughlin’s Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016 is at committee stage in the Oireachtas.

The Joint Oireachtas Committee, which is reviewing the legislation, would like to hear your views.

You can find out more on http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/oireachtasbusiness/committees_list/ccae/hydraulicfracturing/

If you would like to make a submission on this important issue, you can use one of our readymade forms below or make your own submission.

Forms in word and pdf formats:

Submission from a resident in the heart of the fracking project area(doc)

Submission from a resident in the heart of the fracking project area(pdf)

Submission from local farmer(doc)

Submission from local farmer(pdf)

General submission on fracking ban 2017(doc)

 General submission on fracking ban 2017(pdf)

 

You can email it to Fracking@oireachtas.ie or send it by post to

The Clerk
Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Houses of the Oireachtas
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20

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Love Leitrim’s heart is back on the hill

Image of the heart on Benbo captured by Páraig Thornton
Image of the heart on Benbo captured by Páraig Thornton

Image of the heart on Benbo captured by Páraig Thornton

The Love Leitrim heart is once again shining above Manorhamilton. The installation was originally designed by artist Darragh Wilkins in 2015. It is on Benbo for Christmas 2016 and will be visible from 6.30 to 8.30 pm every day this week.(updated Jan 1st 2017)
The heart is on display as a statement of our love for this area and our intent to continue to care for our countryside and the people who live here. Thanks to all those who helped out on the project. It requires quite a lot of effort to transport the equipment to this remote locatation and it could not have been done without the help of the volunteers from the local community. Special thanks to the group of land owners who kindly gave permission to use the site. The image by photographer Páraig Thornton appears in this weeks Leitrim Observer. Merry Christmas to all.

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Testing out the lights

Ascending Benbo on a beautiful winters day in Co.Leitrim

Some of the volunteers hauling the equipment to the site on Benbo
Some of the volunteers hauling the equipment to the site on Benbo

Two of our volunteers taking a well earned rest

Laying out the heart

At the site and starting to lay out the heart

Volunteers laying out the heart on Benbo
The heart beginning to take shape

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View over Manorhamilton from the heart site
The view over Manorhamilton from the heart site. Click for full image
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Time to go see the fruits of our labour..

View of the heart from Manorhamilton

..and there it is. View from Manorhamilton

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A closer view of the heart

Overview of the heart on the side of Benbo

Overview of the heart on the side of Benbo

Clip from this weeks Leitrim Observer

Clip from this weeks Leitrim Observer

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NORTH LEITRIM SEC INVITES EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FROM HOUSEHOLDS FOR GRANT AIDED ENERGY EFFICIENCY SCHEME

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North Leitrim Sustainable Energy Community is a voluntary group established in June 2016 to promote community owned renewable energy and energy efficiency in the area. We are currently preparing an application to the SEAI under the Better Energy Communities programme to assist households and organisations to increase their energy efficiency and cut fuel costs.

We have identified partners in the business and public sector and are now seeking a number of private households to participate in this project. If successful, the application will fund a range of energy saving measures to a level of 35% of the total cost for households, rising to 80% for “fuel poor” houses, i.e. where the applicant is in receipt of one of the following:

  • Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance for six months or more where the resident is the primary carer of at least one child under seven years. Jobseeker’s Benefit is not eligible.

  • Family Income Supplement (FIS)

  • In receipt of the “One Parent Family Payment”

 Householders must be in a position to pay the balance of costs from their own resources. Eligible measures include attic and roof insulation, cavity and external wall insulation, heating upgrades and door and window replacement, and work must be completed by October 2017. Our aim is to save energy and reduce costs by a minimum of 20%.

As this is a pilot project, we will be able to include only a small number of houses in this year’s application. If you are interested in being considered, or for further information, please contact us at northleitrimsec@gmail.com making the subject “BEC expression of interest”.

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Lets get on with the business of banning fracking! – Love Leitrim release 01/12/16

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Responses to the UGEE Joint Research Programme report

Love Leitrim warmly welcomed Minister Naughten response to the long awaited EPA report released November 30th. In his statement the Minister displayed a zero tolerance to the risks highlighted by the report from fracking. These risks included pollution threats to groundwater and negative impacts on climate change.  There was also an admission in the report of gaps and lack of knowledge on ways to safeguard the detrimental aspects of the industry

Love Leitrim also appreciated Minister Naughten acknowledgement of the damage fracking could cause to the fabric of rural life.

Love Leitrim’s Eddie Mitchell was keen to get back to the work at hand. In October 27th there was cross party support for Deputy Tony Mcloughlins bill to ban fracking. Mitchell said that he was happy that all elected representatives can now “get back to the business of banning fracking”

He said
“Now we feel there’s no need to delay. We are keen to get back to our bill and get it back in front of the Dail and eventually on the table of the president and onto the statute books”

He also acknowledged that Love Leitrim would be doing everything in their power to support the bill on its journey.
“We all need to be vigilant and protect this peoples bill to ban fracking from any and all threats coming at it”

 

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EPA Report – Released 30th November 2016

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The EPA UGEE Joint Research Programme report stage 1 has been released. Listen back below to some of the initial reactions to the report.

**UPDATED: The documents are available here as the report is broken down into various 11 sections;
http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/ugeejointresearchprogramme/

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Please read the document as soon as you can and send us your feedback.

Love Leitrim members will work on a response and will be availalble to the media for comment.

Love Leitrim has had a list of grievances with this report before  it was even commissioned. It took public pressure to get the EPA to consult on the terms of reference, but that consultation only served to show  that despite 1250 out of 1350 responses to that consultation requesting that Public Health be put at the centre of this report, Health was only dealt with as a minor issue. Since this EPA report was commissioned,  there have been over 900 peer reviewed studies conducted which show that this industry has significant detrimental effects on Human health.

See also this release from ‘The Gasman Cometh’;

The Irish EPA report, authored by CDM Smith who are effectively part of the fracking industry was published yesterday. The press release for the report is noticeable for the two conflicting statements made – namely that despite admission that there are uncontrollable environmental risks inherent to the process, that its grand to go ahead anyhow.’
- Full Article: Industry admit uncontrollable fracking risks;

Listen below to Johnny Gogan’s response to the EPA Report on Shannonside Wednesday 30th November

Aedím McLoughlin, Good Energies Alliance Ireland and Eddie Mitchell, LoveLeitrim speaking about the report on OceanFM Thursday 1st December.

Minister Denis Naughten speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland show about the Report Thursday 1st December.

Aedín McLoughlin GEAI speaking on Shannonside News Thursday 1st December
(Apologies to Aedín, start of interview missing)

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UPDATE TG4: Report on the first stretch of the SLNCR Greenway

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UPDATE: Féach ar an tuarascáil seo thíos ó TG4. See the report below from TG4

The recent opening of the SLNCR Greenway (first phase) in Dromahair is already drawing national attention. A TG4 camera crew interviewed local Irish speakers this week and also filmed around the village.
It was shown in a short piece at the end of the Nuacht (7 pm) on Sunday 4th December.

Tá páirt an-mhór ag baill de ‘Chuisle Liatroma’ (Love Leitrim) sa tionscadal seo. I measc na ndaoine a ghlac páirt, bhí baill de Ghlór Ghleannta Liatroma….an baile ag féachaint go hálainn!

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For more information see the North Leitrim Railway (Potential Greenway) facebook page

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