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Further subsidence expected after gypsum mine collapse

Gyproc Ireland has warned that further subsidence is possible after pillars collapsed in one of its mines in County Monaghan, Ireland.

Gyproc issued the statement following a ground collapse in a Gaelic football pitch at Magheracloone, which also damaged the club house, and subsidence in surrounding fields.

The company has said that recent operations involving transporting and storing water in an old part of the mine resulted in the collapse of the pillars and that this was the probable cause of the surface subsidence.

The mine company warned that further subsidence was possible after it identified further subsidence but said that the zone of disturbance is confined to a 120m radius.

In its latest statement, Gyproc said: “We continue to monitor a 2km2 area around the original zone of disturbance, which includes the new area of disturbance. This new zone does not include properties outside of Gyproc’s own land, any houses or buildings in the area, and nor does it affect the original five homes, Gaelic football club, or roads previously identified.

“Our teams continue to work diligently with relevant authorities and have notified them in accordance with all our licence requirements and we will also continue to communicate with the local community and provide updates as and when we can. As always, our focus is on supporting the community that we have been part of for over 80 years.”

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