There is nothing stopping Leitrim Co Co from banning fracking.
There are two important questions here.
1. If Donegal County Council can insert a ban on fracking in their development plan, then why can’t Leitrim County Council do likewise with their development plan?
2. There is no legal impediment stopping Leitrim County Council inserting a ban on fracking into their development plan precisely because the Gov’t doesn’t have an official position on fracking as of yet. Leitrim County Council is free to adopt their own position on fracking in the absence of Gov’t policy. Failure of Leitrim county councillors to adopt their ‘own’ position on fracking would be a complete abdication of their own responsibility as county councillors. The making of the development plan is a power reserved to the councillors alone