The prospecting licence for PL930, the area around Ballyconneely and Roundstone, has been revoked after mining company MOAG failed to provide sufficient information to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.
Protect Connemara campaigners welcomed the news today, while vowing to keep the pressure on to permanently rule out Connemara as an area suitable for mining. Fears remain that another mining company could apply for the PL930 licence.
Speaking to the Journal, spokesperson Catherine McEvoy said: ‘We are delighted with the news, but the campaign does not stop. We have to support Maam and Carna, and we have to be vigilant about the prospect that this could happen again.
‘At this time, whilst still waiting for clarification from the Government as to exactly why the licence was revoked, we would like to say thank you to everyone who objected.’
There has been no decision made on the other Connemara licences, PL934, which covers Carna, and PL1431, PL2295, and PL3145, which cover Joyce Country.
Protect Connemara’s meeting on September 22 in Ballyconneely Hall will go ahead as planned to keep the issue of mining in the spotlight and in support of all affected areas in Connemara.