Dublin, 17 February
A sinkhole occurred in the proximity of
Galmoy Mine on Saturday 15 February, some 300+ metres from the mine office
buildings and nearest infrastructure. Following notification from the landowner,
the mining company, Lundin Mining, notified the authorities (Kilkenny County
Council and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and
the EPA) on Saturday of the incident and immediately secured the field to
prevent access and as a precautionary measure.
Following an inspection, Kilkenny County Council also closed the nearby road,
some 200 metres away as a precautionary measure. The company is maintaining 24
hour security at the site. It is not believed there any public safety issues
Officials from Kilkenny County Council ,the Department of Communications,
Energy and Natural Resources, and EPA are on site and investigating the matter
with a view to identifying any necessary follow-up action.
Note to Editors:
Lundin Mining will be issuing a separate statement on this matter.