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Our energy security and economic future can't be sacrificed to placate the Greens

Tom O'Brien


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Risky?: ‘A ban on future gas exploration would kill the chances of Ireland finding new gas reserves under existing licences.’

Risky?: ‘A ban on future gas exploration would kill the chances of Ireland finding new gas reserves under existing licences.’

Risky?: ‘A ban on future gas exploration would kill the chances of Ireland finding new gas reserves under existing licences.’

The Greens are looking to ban future gas exploration in their government formation talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

More worryingly, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have said they are open to it. If the Greens get their way, we will be locking ourselves into a future where we are 100pc reliant on post-Brexit Britain for our natural gas supply. This is not a smart idea.

Concerns have already been raised by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Ireland's dependence on UK gas imports.