#ClimatePride Ireland bans fracking and it's making history
Ireland becomes the third european country to ban onshore fracking. The Emerald Isle will join three other European Union member states, France, Germany and Bulgaria that have banned the practice on land.
PH: Erica Sánchez
Tony McLoughlin introduced the private member's bill—meaning it was not introduced by the government—last year. The bill passed Ireland's Parliament in May.
'We've made history," McLoughlin tweeted after the vote and called it one of the "proudest moments in my political career."
This law will mean communities in the West and North West of Ireland will be safeguarded from the negative effects of hydraulic fracking. Counties such as Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Clare will no longer face European effects like those seen in cities and towns in the United States, where many areas have now decided to implement similar bans.
If fracking was allowed to take place in Ireland and Northern Ireland it would pose significant threats to the air, water and the health and safety of individuals and communities here.
Fracking must be seen as a serious public health and environmental concern not only for Ireland, but for the Planet.