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Council unite in opposition over North Leitrim prospecting licence

Nov 2, 2021 13:11 By Shannonside News
Council unite in opposition over North Leitrim prospecting licence Council unite in opposition over North Leitrim prospecting licence
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The public have until November 7th to lodge submissions to the Department.

Leitrim councillors have united to oppose the awarding of prospecting licences in the north of the county.

Fintridge Resources based in Omagh is seeking a gold and silver prospecting license from the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communication, Eamonn Ryan.

At this month's meeting of Leitrim County Council, a motion put forward by all 6 Manorhamilton district councillors called on Minister Ryan to refuse the licence.

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The motion received unanimous support from all councillors present at yesterday's meeting at the Bush Hotel.

Representatives from the Carrick and Ballinamore Municipal Districts also registered their opposition and branded the application as an issue that will affect the entire county should permission be granted.

Speaking at the meeting, councillor Mary Bohan claimed that 'whether there's gold or not, locals will not benefit' from any future works.

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Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound, Councillor Bohan says too much work has been put into the area to see it negatively affected by prospecting and mining.

Jamie Murphy from the Treasure Leitrim Group says it in a month dominated by coverage of the COP26 conference, it makes no sense to grant such a licence.

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