Solid National Opposition to Fracking
35% of General Election candidates nationally have committed to supporting legislation to ban fracking. Details of party responses are as follows:
|Party||No. Candidates||No. Signed the Pledge||% signed|
If Fine Gael and Labour are excluded, 43% of all candidates signed the pledge. And as well as people signing the pledge, there were many statements of support.
“This is a remarkable response”, said Dr Aedín McLoughlin, member of the Vote Frack Free team. “Given the number of pledges that were being circulated, asking candidates to support many different issues and campaigns, to have 188 candidates physically signing the pledge showed that the fracking issue is getting a national response and is a live issue for the next government.
We look forward to continuing the campaign against fracking during the next Dáil session. No matter who makes up the new government, campaigners against fracking will be lobbying them in really effective ways. Only legislation will prevent fracking coming to Ireland; that is our focus for 2016, to take steps to ensure that legislation is drafted that government parties can sign up to.”
ALL CONSTITUENCIES RESPOND TO THE PLEDGE!
- Fracking is now a national issue with all counties in Ireland responding to the campaign.
- The two constituencies targeted for fracking – Sligo-Leitrim and Clare had the highest response rate.
- Over 60% of candidates in Kildare North signed the Pledge.
- All the Dublin and surrounding constituencies responded at 30% or higher, Dublin Central at 55%.
- Response from Cork was mixed. Whereas over 40% of candidates in Cork North West signed the pledge, just over 12% in Cork East signed.
- A surprising (negative) result came from Longford Westmeath where only 22% of candidates signed.
List of candidates that signed the Pledge and were elected:
|Bobby Alyward||Carlow-Kilkenny||Fianna Fáil|
|Ó Caoláin Caoimhghín||Cavan Monaghan||Sinn Féin|
|Timmy Dooley||Clare||Fianna Fáil|
|Mick Barry||Cork North Central||AAA/PBP|
|Jonathan O’Brien||Cork North Central||Sinn Féin|
|Michael Moynihan||Cork North West||Fianna Fáil|
|Pearse Doherty||Donegal||Sinn Féin|
|Thomas Pringle||Donegal||Sinn Féin|
|Seán Haughey||Dublin Bay North||Fianna Fáil|
|Pat Casey||Wicklow||Fianna Fáil|
|Eamon Ryan||Dublin Bay South||Green party|
|Jim O’Callaghan||Dublin Bay South||Fianna Fáil|
|Mary Lou McDonald||Dublin Central||Sinn Féin|
|Maureen O’Sullivan||Dublin Central||Independent|
|Clare Daly||Dublin Fingal||Independent|
|Louise O’Reilly||Dublin Fingal||Sinn Féin|
|Eoin Ó Broin||Dublin MidWest||Sinn Féin|
|Gino Kenny||Dublin MidWest||AAA/PBP|
|Catherine Martin||Dublin Rathdown||Green party|
|Joan Collins||Dublin South Central||Independent|
|Paul Murphy||Dublin South West||AAA/PBP|
|Katherine Zappone||Dublin South West||Independent|
|Ruth Coppinger||Dublin West||AAA/PBP|
|Richard Boyd-Barrett||Dun Laoghaire||AAA/PBP|
|Catherine Murphy||Kildare North||Social Democrats|
|Seán Ó Feargháil||Kildare South||Fianna Fáil|
|Robert Troy||Longford||Fianna Fáil|
|Gerry Adams||Louth||Sinn Féin|
|Carol Nolan||Offaly||Sinn Féin|
|Eamon Scanlon||Sligo-Leitrim||Fianna Fáil|
|Marc MacSharry||Sligo-Leitrim||Fianna Fáil|
|Martin Kenny||Sligo-Leitrim||Sinn Féin|
|Tony McLoughlin||Sligo-Leitrim||Fine Gael|
|James Browne||Wexford||Fianna Fáil|