PODCAST: Heated discussion at Council meeting over independent inquiry into Magheracloone subsidence

There were heated arguments at the meeting of Monaghan County Council this week, when the issue of recent subsidence in Magheracloone was discussed.

Sinn Féin’s Colm Carthy brought a motion calling for an independent investigation of the incident. In a vote of Councillors, seven voted for the motion with seven voting against. The casting vote of Caothaoirleach David Maxwell, who had originally abstained, was needed. He voted against the motion.

Colm Carthy spoke about the vote on The Wider View on Tuesday:

An independent investigation of the Magheracloone mine collapse will be called for, if it’s needed after the ongoing investigations are carried out, according to Councillor PJ O’Hanlon. Gyproc is currently carrying out assessments of the mine, with the results being verified by Consultants hired by the Department.

Many Councillors called for the vote to be postponed until after the conclusion of this assessment. Fianna Fáil’s PJ O’Hanlon explained more on The Wider View on Wednesday: