Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (434)

Brendan Smith


434. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the assistance provided to date or planned to assist those affected by the recent subsidence in Magheracloone, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41244/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Following the subsidence reported on September 24th in Magheracloone, County Monaghan, my officials have been liaising with the company and other relevant statutory authorities (Monaghan County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency) on an ongoing and regular basis and have continued to monitor the situation closely.

I understand that the family liaison office of Gyproc, the mine operator, has been in regular contact with the five affected families to provide support.  The priority is returning these families to their homes as quickly as possible, subject to the results of expert reports, and one of these families has already returned to their house on the 28th of September.  In the meantime, the company is continuing to provide the remaining affected families with alternative accommodation, transport and other needs to minimise disruption.

The company is also in contact with all local businesses in the affected area that are inconvenienced by the road closures while investigations into the incident are taking place.  They are continuing to work with Monaghan County Council to ensure the area in question is safe for road users in order to allow normal service to resume for businesses in these areas.

I understand that Gyproc are also fully committed to assisting Magheracloone GAA Club and Community Centre.  They remain in constant contact with the club and are committed to supporting them in securing new long-term facilities, as well as in sourcing short term facilities in the interim.

My officials will continue to provide assistance to Monaghan County Council, and the Environmental Protection Agency, until the matter has been fully resolved.