Fracking of shale gas, be it in America or Ireland, is a divisive issue. Depending on what side of the fence you sit on, fracking is either a genuine option to safeguard the country’s long-term energy needs or a potentially dangerous practice which could irreparably damage the environment. The proponents of and opponents to fracking are not for changing.

While the potential effects of fracking on the environment have yet to be comprehensively proven, the economic benefits to the areas which have adopted fracking are clear.