Joy in the northwest as fracking bill passes final stage in the Seanad

Anti-fracking campaigners are celebrating after the bill which bans the practice of fracking in Ireland passed its final stage in the Seanad this evening.

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

It came to its final stage in the Seanad this afternoon and will now go 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 especially in areas of North Leitrim where at least one company wanted to use the controversial method to extract gas.

Speaking to Ocean FM News after this evening’s vote, Leitrim FF Cllr Mary Bohan said it’s a momentous day: