3,800 properties in Roscommon at risk of subsidence – survey

Large areas of Roscommon and south Leitrim, as well as parts of Longford are among areas at the highest risk of subsidence events such as sinkholes.

Investigations are continuing in Monaghan after sinkholes appeared in the community of Magheracloone after part of a disused gypsum mine collapsed, causing large cracks and sinkholes in an area around the local GAA pitch.

A new report by location intelligence company Gamma has revealed that that large areas of Roscommon, and parts of South Leitrim, as well as west Longford are at risk of subsidence due to the nature rock formations below the ground.

Gamma’s Perilfinder technology found that the most vulnerable areas are in counties Roscommon Galway, Clare and each of these counties has more than 15% of their total buildings falling within a high-risk zone.

In Roscommon 3,800 residential structures are in so-called ‘high-risk’ areas.

CEO Fergal O’Neill explained to Shannonside FM why Roscommon buildings may be at risk: