Update from Monaghan County Council Re: Land Subsidence Incident at Magheracloone: Monday 1st October 2018. 4.45 pm

Update from Monaghan County Council Re: Land Subsidence Incident at Magheracloone
Monday 1st October 2018. 4.45 pm

Monaghan County Council continues with, the support of An Garda Siochana along with experts from the Exploration and Mining Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deal with the issues arising from the serious incident which occurred in the early hours of Monday 24th September at Drumgossat, Magheracloone, Co. Monaghan.

Consultant Mining engineers and geologists engaged by Gyproc Ireland continue to carry out detailed technical assessments and monitoring of ground activity at the site of the incident.

A Preliminary Assessment Report prepared by the company states that no further geological movement has been detected on the site. Further detailed geological assessment is necessary to ascertain the conditions for a number of household dwellings and also the regional road R179 Kingscourt to Carrickmacross and the L4900 Drumgossat road. Gyproc’s team are working to provide this detailed information as soon as possible.

The Carrickmacross/Kingscourt Road (R179) will remain closed from Drumgossat Crossroads to O’Rourke’s Filling Station at Drummond. In addition, the LP4900 to Drumgossat will also remain closed to traffic. Traffic between Carrickmacross and Kingscourt is being diverted via Shercock. The road closures are projected to remain in effect until mid-October. The closures, in the interests of public safety, are a necessary precaution until the detailed technical assessments are finalised.

Doran Motors and Treacy’s Hotel are fully accessible from Carrickmacross using the R179 regional road. O’Rourke’s filling station, Ciaran McConnon Motors and Cabra Castle Hotel are accessible from Kingscourt using the R179 or local diversionary routes.

The area in the vicinity of the Clubhouse remains closed to the public. Monaghan County Council reiterates that the site is unsafe and advises all members of the public to avoid the area and to observe the detours in place.

I wish to thank our colleagues in An Garda Siochana, Monaghan County Council staff, DCCAE and EPA who are continuing to liaise and work closely with Gyproc over the coming days while the necessary technical reports are finalised.

Monaghan County Council