Stapleton calls out Greens over ‘hypocrisy’ regarding lithium mine in Wicklow

Fine Gael Local Election candidate Peter Stapleton has said the ban on exploration on oil and gas should be widened to include lithium or otherwise the Greens’ ban is hypocrisy.

“Wicklow – one of Ireland’s most beautiful places – is being targeted for a massive lithium mine.  It makes a farce on the exploration ban.  The same Department of Energy, led by Minister Eamon Ryan, the leader of the Greens, has long made a song and dance about banning oil and gas exploration but then on the other hand is granting lithium licences,” Mr Stapleton said.

“Lithium is a valuable commodity but so too is natural beauty and tourism in Wicklow.  Minister Ryan is wrong to allow speculators to run their drilling machines through our county’s bowels in a hunt to find a massive lithium mine as reported in the Wicklow Times.  The proposed lithium speculation is creating genuine concerns as to its impact on the environment and for water safety and the licence should be cancelled. Minister Ryan has no problem laying blame and pointing fingers for our deteriorating environment on hard-working farmers and commuters with little alternatives but is seemingly unconcerned with large-scale mining exploration – hypocrisy at its finest”. 

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