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Kenny welcomes termination of Tamboran fracking licence

30 September, 2014 - by Martin Kenny TD


Sinn Féin’s Roscommon South Leitrim by-election candidate Martin Kenny has welcomed the termination of Tamboran’s fracking licence but has said that a ban on fracking is needed.

Councillor Kenny said;

“Sinn Féin has been clear in our opposition to fracking and as such I welcome the decision to terminate Tamboran’s fracking licence.  There has been huge community concern in Leitrim, Fermanagh and neighbouring counties regarding the health implications of fracking as well as the impact which it would have on the tourism and farming sectors which are so vital in this area.

“With Tamboran threatening to legally challenge the decision by Minister Arlene Foster not to extend the licence this is a fight that is not over yet.  I commend all those in the community who have stood up against the might of this multinational company and reiterate that Sinn Féin is committed to working for a ban on fracking.

“In the Dáil my colleague Sinn Féin TD Micheal Colreavy tabled the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2013 which includes a ban on fracking.  Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams had previously made it clear Sinn Féin would use our position within the Northern Executive to oppose fracking.

“A vote for Sinn Fein in the Roscommon South Leitrim by-election is a vote for the introduction of a ban on fracking.”

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