PRESIDENT MICHAEL J HIGGINS SIGNS THE BILL AGAINST FRACKING INTO LAW
“Like most ends to major efforts, the ban on fracking was achieved quietly – Michael J Higgins today (6th July 2017) signed the Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing Bill 2016 into law in Áras an Uachtarán and fracking is now legally banned in Ireland!
“We are so delighted and over-whelmed! This is such an achievement – that a campaign started off by a few dozen people in Leitrim could result in a change in our country’s law is truly amazing and a real win for democracy,” GEAI spokesperson Aedín McLoughlin said. “It is hard to realise that our campaign is now over for this part of the island and we have succeeded in getting the Irish Government and law-makers to stop fracking from coming to Ireland.
This campaign has made history! The strategy of doing the research, having the facts and spreading them, involving everyone from local communities to County Councils to Politicians, to Dáil and Seanad members, working tirelessly to keep the issue in the forefront of people’s minds – this made the difference and guaranteed our success! What everyone saw were the demonstrations and public speakers. What people did not see was the constant social media and PR work going on in the background, emailing, tweeting, meeting and petitioning.
Today I want to thank the extraordinary campaigners and volunteers who never gave up, even when public interest waned. Who responded to the call for yet more campaign efforts – “No Fracking”, “Stop the Study”, “Sign the Pledge”, “Back the Bill”, to mention a few. All important steps on the road to today, the day that Fracking in Ireland died.”