Boyle sets out Sinn Féin’s opposition to gold mining in Sperrins
Speaking ahead of a community meeting to be held in Strabane next week on the application by Dalradian to a gold mine in the Sperrins involving the use of cyanide local Sinn Féín MLA Michaela Boyle has set out her party’s opposition to the application stating:
“Two years ago, I along with other party colleagues signed the “Greencastle Pledge” reflecting our opposition to this application.
“Sinn Féin’s position on gold mining and processing is very clear and was set out in motion 68 at the party’s Ard Fheis in 2017 which was unanimously passed at the conference.
“Sinn Féin is opposed to the use of cyanide in mining due to its environmental and health implications.
“Sinn Féin recognises the environmental damage caused by precious metals mining and the extraction of Ireland's non-renewable natural resources with little or no benefit to local communities.
“Furthermore, our Former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard MP made it clear that in regard to gold mining in Tyrone he was of the view that any planning application should be subject to an independent public inquiry before any final decision was taken.
“That remains our position, and in the event of a public inquiry we will continue to oppose the use of cyanide in the mining process."