A total of nine senators and TDs, eleven councillors, several organisations including Futureproof Clare, Love Leitrim and many academics including Dr. John Barry, Queen’s University, Belfast and Dr Rory Hearne, NUI Maynooth have signed an open letter to Minister for Energy, Eamon Ryan calling on him to uphold the agreed government policy against the importation of fracked gas to Ireland.
The letter documents Ryan’s public statements in which he was explicit in his opposition to the idea of a commercial LNG operation and points out that he wrote to An Bord Pleanála to oppose the planning application by Shannon LNG which is still awaiting a decision.
The letter expresses concern about the article published in the Sunday Business Post on April 9th, which suggested that Green Party policy banning fracked gas terminals may be reversed.
The signatories call on Minister Ryan to confirm that this is not the case.
“We call on you to confirm publicly and without delay, that you will honour the commitment you made to the Irish electorate – to implement a policy of banning fracked gas imports via any LNG terminals in Ireland,” it says.
The letter is available to read here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BV-I5LGbys08eDH1nTjle6bcBHQrqLP2UiUN7Oae0vg/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbclid=IwAR2Qw6LAt_K3a86y-cnYJ1XmFuHzbAG40QEnaPUEnfFXdLWEpE0siyzy1xY