Residents in Carrickmacross and surrounding area asked to oppose prospecting license by Adventus Zinc

Residents in Carrickmacross and towns and villages in the surrounding areas are being asked to oppose the application for a prospecting license by Adventus Zinc.

The company issued their notice of intention to renew their license in the days prior to Christmas, which members of the public say limited their time to submit any letters of opposition.

The notice that the Galway company Adventus Zinc were seeking to renew their prospecting license  for the area they refer to as the Farney Barony was published on the 19th of December, a move that local MEP Matt Carthy deemed as intentional, as it coincided with the lead up to Christmas.

Residents were given 30 days to submit any objections to the renewal, which means they now have less than a week left to outline their views.

In their notice Adventus Zinc state that the activities they hope to carry out are, ‘in general, non-invasive and of minimal environmental impact’, something that attendees at a meeting outside Carrickmacross last night rejected.

A number of groups attended last night’s meeting organised by the Knocknacran Drumgossett Residents Association, all opposed to mining of any sort in their areas, including the Cavan Mining Objection Group, Redhills Action Against Mining Group, and the Save our Sperrins group from Tyrone.

Each group demonstrated the impact such activity could have on the area should the license be issued, while residents living close to the current open cast mine in Magheracloone highlighted the difficulties they’ve experienced due to mining activities and regular blasts.

Speaking to Northern Sound News Breda McGuigan a member of the Knocknacran Drumgossett resident’s association explained the purpose of the public meeting: