Following the subsidence reported on September 24th in Magheracloone, senior geologists from my Department’s Exploration and Mining Division (EMD) and I visited the site on Tuesday 25th September. Since then, EMD 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.
The Geological Survey of Ireland also responded to a request for information from Monaghan County Council and met with officials in Carrickmacross on Tuesday 25th September. Specifically GSI host historic maps and reports in the National Mine Records Database, and were able to offer advice and survey and drilling services if required. In addition, expertise and advice on Mine Engineering was provided via the Geoscience Ireland business cluster.
I confirm that my officials will continue to provide all necessary assistance to Monaghan County Council, and the Environmental Protection Agency, until the matter has been fully resolved.