The Green party leader Eamon Ryan has said he sees no realistic prospect of a liquified natural gas terminal being built in north Kerry, which he said would be contrary to Government policy.

The Government has said it would not accept any new LNG terminals, pending the outcome of a review of energy supplies.

US energy company New Fortress Energy (NFE) notified stakeholders in recent weeks of its intention to reapply for planning approval for the construction of the terminal in north Kerry later this year.

The project has been linked to the importation of fracked gas from the United States.

John Fox says empty shops is what is driving him to support the campaign for the Shannon liquified natural gas terminal in his village in north Kerry.

He's part of the Tarbert Development Association.

"We have trouble getting a football team together because we don't have the young people ... they're leaving, going off to Dublin or wherever.

"So the question is why not have the jobs at home and reduce the pressure on Dublin and spread the crumbs of the cake around a little bit better?

"That's what we want. We want our jobs, we see our village and we see how our hinterland is in decline in a very short space of time. There'd be nothing but the old people like myself. That's not good enough".

According to the 2016 census, there were 125 people aged 19 and under living in Tarbert, we will not know until next year's census, how many of them remain.

But in the meantime, local woman Joan Murphy will continue her campaign to get the Shannon LNG project over the line to try to encourage the return of the younger generation.

"My son phoned me. He had heard the seven o'clock news headlines on the radio, which made a brief announcement about the forthcoming planning application that NFE are introducing.

"And what he said to me was ... maybe if this happened. We might all get to live in Tarbert, near home, at home, before we all die."

Some anti LNG campaigners say, however, that the employment benefits of this project will be short-lived.

Johnny McElligott is spokesperson for Safety Before LNG.

"It's a construction project, [we] can see already that the propaganda has started, that they're using all these fancy words and these beautiful brochures, online presentations", he said.

"There will be a lot of construction jobs in the very short term. And that's it, maybe 50 jobs at the very end. So it's not sustainable in the long term.

"So you're asking people to invest time, [get] comfortable working, put the children into school and after two or three years, they're all gone. There's no school.

"It's actually more damaging because it's not long-term planning".

He says that it is not only damaging to the socioeconomic situation in north Kerry, but also to biodiversity here and in the US as the gases to be imported come from a terminal on the Delaware River.

Mr McElligott explained.

"If you were saying the North Sea you know, the North Sea gas, they call it, you've one well going into the ground and it's getting the gas out.

"But for fracking, every two or 300 metres or 400 metres, they stick a pipe down ... The pipe goes along. They put in water and chemicals at high pressure, break up the soil and the gas, the gas comes out of the shale rock.

"But it might last only about a year. So they have to keep making more wells", he said.

"There's about 1.7 million frack gas wells in America. But the problem is when they're finished, they still leak. And that's called fugitive emissions.

"We banned fracking in Ireland on human rights grounds, public health, climate mitigation, environmental protection, all those grounds. So why should we force other people on the other side of the Atlantic to suffer what we don't want to suffer?", he asks.

Shannon LNG is promoting the use of liquified natural gas as a transition fuel until the technology and public policy are fully developed for more renewable energy sources, such as hydrogen gas.

In the meantime, developers say they are confident they can source gas from non-fracked sources, something Safety Before LNG does not accept.

"That is a completely different infrastructure. So if they saw that they're in transition, why should you build something now that they're going to transition?, asks Johnny McElligott.

"They're going to have to get off of in 20 years time. But the problem is that we cannot allow them to say 'let's build the dirtiest infrastructure in the country because in the future we can transfer it to something else'.

"They can't do it".

John Fox, however, thinks priority now needs to be placed on our energy supply.

Earlier this month, Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan told the Dáil that the threat of blackouts was one of the highest risks.

As it stands Eirgrid Ireland, the electric power transmission operator, has yet to secure new power for the 2024 to 2025 period.

"We accept there's always a problem with climate and we have to do something, says Mr Fox.

"On the other side of the coin, the experts are telling us that we are running out of electricity and we're going to have blackouts.

Mr Fox said that there have been six threatened blackouts in the last couple of months, with "one or two actual blackouts".

"Our credibility as a nation, able to provide a steady State supply of electricity, because it can affect the electronic equipment in the various factories or in the data centers are in the power stations" is affected, Mr Fox said.