Monaghan County Council have issued an update regarding the land subsidence incident at Magheracloone.
Monaghan County Council, together with officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and the Environmental Protection Agency met with representatives from Gyroc Ireland Ltd and mining consultants, SRK , in relation to the subsidence issues at the disused mine at Drumgossat, Magheracloone.
Carmel Thornton, the AO Corporate Services with Monaghan County Council said: “SRK Consultants and Gyproc Ireland Ltd presented a preliminary geological assessment report to the meeting today. Further surveying, technical assessments and monitoring of ground conditions will continue over coming weeks, before a decision in relation to the re-opening of roads in the area can be made.”
Gyrpoc said that the company will continue to update the public on the matter: “Gyproc and SRK will provide further information and points of clarification over the coming weeks and Gyproc will maintain regular contact with the families in the affected homes, Magheracloone GAA Club and Community Centre, and local businesses directly impacted, to support the return to access of local amenities in the community it has been part of for over 80 years,” a spokesperson said.
The local authority said in the interests of public safety 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. The road closures will remain in place until the detailed technical assessments confirm that they are safe for public use.
Traffic between Carrickmacross and Kingscourt is being diverted via Shercock. Monaghan County Council appeals to local residents to adhere to the one-way system that is in place around Drumgossat school.
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.