Matt Carthy MEP: Government must act now to reassure community following new sink-hole discovery in Magheracloone
Local Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has called on Minister Richard Bruton to now initiate a full independent appraisal to be carried on all lands above and adjacent to Gypsoc mine sites. He was speaking following the emergence of a new sink-hole in Magheraclonne, South Monaghan, on Thursday. Mr. Carthy said that the refusal of the government to take leadership following the previous mine collapses that affected the local GAA club and community centre was inexcusable.
Matt Carthy MEP said; “Following the previous, high profile mine collapses, I had engaged with Ministers Naughten and Bruton requesting that the department take leadership and initiate a full independent appraisal on all lands above and adjacent to Gypcoc mine sites. The Ministers have consistently refused contending that they were satisfied that the reports commissioned by Gyproc were sufficient.
“Well, the emergence of a new sink-hole in the area shows that there remains valid cause for community concern. Hopefully this development will prove not to be a serious or dangerous development. However, I note that Monaghan County Council have closed a local road as a precautionary measure.
“Concerns of a serious mine collapse have been widespread in Magheracloone for several years. Following the events of September, which led to the closure of the GAA and community centre facilities, many were hopeful that their concerns would now be taken seriously by government. It is now clear that the assurances they deserve can only be delivered through a comprehensive and independent investigation. Minister Bruton must live up to his responsibility and deliver this as a matter of urgency. It is laughable to suggest that the owners and operators of the mines can be given authority and responsibility to monitor and assess them.”