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Michelle O'Neill meets Dalradian to oppose gold-mine plan

18 January, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has today met the company behind a controversial gold mine in the Sperrins, to reiterate the party’s opposition to the proposal.

Commenting after the meeting with Dalradian, Michelle O’Neill said:

“Sinn Féin share the concerns of residents regarding the Dalradian proposal and I made that very clear to the company today.

“Sinn Féin’s position on gold mining and processing is unambiguous and was set out in the motion unanimously passed by the Ard Fheis in 2017.

“We are opposed to the use of cyanide in mining due to its environmental and health implications.

“And we recognise the environmental damage caused by precious metals mining and the extraction of Ireland's non-renewable natural resources.

“That is why Sinn Féin's former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard MP made it clear that any planning application should be subject to an independent public inquiry before a final decision is taken. That remains our position.

“Sinn Féin will also be submitting co-ordinated motions before four local councils opposing the Dalradian plan to develop a goldmine and processing plant in the Sperrins and wider region.”

The Sinn Féin Council Groups on Mid Ulster, Fermanagh-Omagh, Derry-Strabane and Causeway, Coast and Glens have simultaneously lodged the following motion for discussion at their next full council meeting:

"This Council opposes plans to develop a goldmine and processing plant in the Sperrins and wider region.  Given the serious health and environmental risks involved, this council is opposed to the use of cyanide for mining purposes, which also contravenes the European Parliament resolution of 27 April 2017 on the implementation of the Mining Waste Directive (2006/21/EC)".  

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