Fracking bill set to pass Seanad stage this afternoon

The bill which bans the practice of fracking in Ireland is set to pass its final stage in the Seanad this afternoon.

The document, which was drafted by Sligo/Leitrim Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin was passed in the Dáil in late May.

It is expected the bill will now pass its final stage in the Seanad this afternoon at about 3pm. If successful, it will then make its way to Aras an Uachtarain to be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.

There has been passionate debate about fracking over the last six years. Particularly in areas of North Leitrim where at least one company wanted to use the controversial method to extract gas.

This resulted in numerous public meetings and a strong anti-fracking campaign in the region.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, he explained the phases of the passage of the bill.