There is to be no fracking to take place in Ireland until a two year study into the act is completed, according to a Environment Protection Agency Spokesman.
Speaking on RTÉ radio this morning, Research Manager with the EPA, Dr Brian Donlon said the study, which will commence next year, will find the long-term consequences of fracking.
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte along with Minister of State Fergus O'Dowd said there would be no fracking in Ireland until this study is completed.
Fracking is unconventional gas exploration to extract natural gas. The study, which will also take place in Northern Ireland, will further understanding on the controversial act, according to Dr Donlon.
"We published a small study in the middle of last year and it raised a lot of questions," he said.