Knocknacran-Drumgossat Residents Forum Update – 21 Feb 2019
The second meeting of the Residents Forum took place on 19 Feb 2019 in Carrickmacross Civic
Offices. Representatives from the local Residents Group, Monaghan County Council officials and
elected members, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Environmental
Protection Agency and Gyproc (Ireland) Ltd. were in attendance. The meeting was chaired by Cllr.
Actions from the previous meeting were confirmed:
- Gyproc (Ireland) Ltd. distributed maps to residents detailing the extent of the mine at
- Pat McEneaney was appointed Community Liaison Office by the company.
- Monaghan County Council had sought funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism
and Sport to restore roads in the area
- Copies of a historical report on the mine were issued to residents
Gyproc (Ireland) Ltd gave details on the ongoing drilling programme which will be completed next
week. 23 holes will have been drilled and laser and sonar scanning will be undertaken in early March
to ascertain the condition of the underground mine workings in the area of the LP4900 road.
Following this Gyproc’s Consultants, SRK, will undertake modelling and prepare a report by 29 March
that will be reviewed by the Department and its consultants, Wardell Armstrong. The next technical
meeting is scheduled for 9 April 2019.
Gyproc has committed to revise the maps they have published to incorporate houses along the
LT49012/3 and will issue the detailed maps of the mine workings to residents on 5 April.
Gyproc appointed Pat McEneaney as their community liaison officer and he met with over 70
residents in Tracey’s Hotel on 11 Feb. It was agreed to invite the Chairperson and Secretary of this
wider group of residents to the next meeting.
Monaghan County Council has requested funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and
Sport to restore roads in the vicinity of the mine. The Council was mandated by elected members at
the meeting to contact the DTAS Roads Inspector and write to Ministers Humphreys and Canney
seeking funding for road restoration. The residents sought the Council to widen the road to
accommodate two-way traffic on the local diversion route between Corrybracken Cross and
Drumgossat School. The Council will investigate the possibility of carrying out work along this road
and upgrade signage along the diversion route.
The Council confirmed that no decision can be made on the reopening of the LP4900 until after the
SRK report is completed and verified by DCCAE in April.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment issued a redacted copy of the
2002 SRK Report and a State Mining Lease map to the residents group. The Environmental
Protection Agency advised the residents that Gyproc (Ireland) Ltd. was required to apply for a new
discharge licence and pre-application discussions would commence next week.
Gyproc’s Community Liaison Officer gave details of his work over the past few weeks and invited
individuals with concerns or issues to contact him.
The next meeting of the Residents Forum is scheduled for 9 April 2019