Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has reiterated her opposition to controversial fracking and vowed to continue to campaign vigorously against its introduction to Ireland.
Ms Anderson said;
“Sinn Féin’s position on this issue is very clear; we remain solidly opposed to any form of fracking.
“Our party has continually stood with the people of Fermanagh in opposition to fracking, which would have a devastating impact on the natural environment.
“That policy is clear and has been ratified at several party Ard Fheiseanna.
“In every elected fora, local councils, the Assembly and the Dáil, Sinn Féin has voiced our opposition to fracking and vowed to block it at the Executive if and when a planning application is made for fracking near Belcoo.
“In the European Parliament I have repeatedly made it clear that Sinn Féin is strongly opposed to tracking.
“I have consistently voted in favour of mandatory Environmental Impact Assessments for both the exploitation and exploration phases.
“I also submitted my own amendments to European Parliament reports calling for such impact assessments in order to protect our environment.
“That stands in stark contrast to the voting record of other parties from the North in the European Parliament, who have repeatedly voted against plans for mandatory environmental impact assessments.
“Both the DUP and UUP need to explain to the people of Fermanagh and Ireland why they do not support measures to protect our environment from fracking.
“For my part, I will continue to strongly oppose fracking in all its forms and to stand up for the people of Fermanagh.” Ends/Críoch