Rehabilitation of Silvermines Historic Mine Sites
On the 4th August, 2005 the Minister for Communication, Marine and Natural Resources, Mr. Noel Dempsey T.D. announced the provision of €10.6m funding by the State for the rehabilitation of old mining sites at the Silvermines, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
North Tipperary County Council acted as Agent for the Department in having the rehabilitation scheme executed and the project was carried out in accordance with the revised SRK Consulting Conceptual Plan for the Management and Rehabilitation of the Silvermines Area. The Plan was circulated locally and was made available on the Council website.
To date, the rehabilitation works have been completed at the following mining sites in the area: Gortmore Tailings Management Facility, Ballygown, Gorteenadiha, Magcobar and Shallee. In addition to the rehabilitation works, conservation works have been carried out on selected mine buildings in the area. The Council has also received approval from An Bord Pleanala for the rehabilitation of the last remaining site at Garryard. In order to carry out these works, a Waste Licence will also be required from the EPA, however it has been decided not to proceed with this until such time as sufficient funds are in place to execute the full project to completion.
In December 2012, CDM Smith Ireland Ltd. was appointed to undertake environmental monitoring at the Silvermines sites. This contract is for an initial period of three years.
The Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) announced its intention to acquire the lands of the Tailings Pond at Gortmore by Compulsory Acquisition and an advertisement advising of this was placed in the Nenagh Guardian Newspaper on Wednesday, 12th June, 2013. The closing date for written submissions to the DCENR was 3rd July, 2013. The Council does not have any involvement in the CPO process as this is being managed by DCENR.