Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Legislation to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Passes all stages

On Wednesday I led the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)) Bill through final stages in the Seanad.

The Bill has now passed all stages at the Oireachtas and will now be signed into law by President Higgins.

I congratulate my colleague, Tony McLoughlin TD (Sligo Leitrim) for initiating this bill and would like to thank all at the Oireachtas who contributed to the scrutiny and amendment of the bill, including the officials at my Department.

The bill, in effect, makes it illegal to grant a licence for the activity of fracking onshore anywhere in Ireland.