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‘Disappointment at gold mine ruling – but opposition will continue’ – Begley

22 February, 2019 - by Órfhlaith Begley

Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley has expressed disappointment at the conclusion of a legal challenge against a controversial gold mine plan in Greencastle, Co. Tyrone.

The West Tyrone MP was speaking after the High Court today rejected a challenge by residents from Greencastle, Rouskey and Gortin over the Department of Infrastructure’s decision to consider a planning application for the gold mine.

Órfhlaith Begley: “We are disappointed by today’s decision because 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.

“Today’s ruling only relates to the department’s decision to accept the planning application so it does not mean the mine will be going ahead and we will continue to support residents in their opposition to it.”

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