Begley welcomes gold mine legal challenge
Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley has welcomed the beginning of a landmark legal challenge against a controversial gold mine in Greencastle, Co. Tyrone.
Speaking from the High Court in Belfast today, the West Tyrone MP said:
“Local communities will be the most impacted by this goldmine and processing plant proposal therefore it is essential that a meaningful consultation takes place.
“The legal challenge being taken by the Greencastle, Rouskey and Gortin Concerned Residents group is based on the view that there were significant flaws in the consultation with the local community.
“This Judicial Review will enable the court to examine this and decide if they feel the people living in the area have been adequately consulted.
“Due process in terms of this case must now take its course but Sinn Féin’s opposition to this proposal is very clear.
“Two years ago, we signed the ‘Greencastle Pledge’ reflecting our opposition to this application.
“We are opposed to the use of cyanide in mining and recognise 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 any planning application to mine in Tyrone should be subject to an independent public inquiry.”