Naughten: Tourism a better investment than fracking

The Minister for Communications says that developing a walking route along the western corridor is a far better investment than doing further studies on fracking.

Minister Denis Naughten today has defended his comments to effectively close the door on further investigation into the merit of the controversial practice in light of a recent new report.

The Environment Protection Agency yesterday published a report which found that fracking could feasibly go ahead on the island of Ireland if three areas of potential pollution were further investigated and addressed.

Fine Gael Minister Denis Naughten says that he will now have to consider its findings very carefully but he feels that the current ban should remain in place.

Responding to claims by pro-frackers than thousands of jobs could be created in areas like the north west if consideration was given to fracking he says that tourism would be a better investment: