Minister of State's comments alarm opponents of fracking


Opponents of fracking last night reacted with dismay to comments by Fergus O’Dowd, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, in the Dáil. He said if there was a chance that billions of euro in untapped gas could provide a massive economic boost, the Government must take account of that.

Róisín Ní Ghairbhith, spokeswoman for Clare Fracking Concerned, said: “We are dismayed by what the Minister has had to say. We have little faith that Government will address the concerns of communities where fracking is proposed.”