Lisheen mine have announced that it is to progress it’s phased winding down of operations here in Tipperary and is now accepting applications for a voluntary redundancy programme.
The mine which previously shipped two million tonnes of ore a year from Lisheen had been expected to close in 2013; however closure was extended by a further 2 years due to their success in a mineral recovery programme.
Lisheen mine first began its operations in 1997, but is now set to fully close in October of 2015. To this end the company is now seeking its first 38 voluntary redundancies from amongst its current 360 strong workforce, by March of next year.
There are still slim hopes that mining in the area can be continued into the future, based on the possibility that new ore deposits located close to nearby Galmoy and Culahill are feasible to produce.
Meanwhile current owners, Indian metal and mining giant Vedanta Resources, state that they will be leaving a positive legacy behind them on this site and claim to have a major environmental re-mediation plan already in place, as they begin their evacuation from this scenic rural hinterland of Moyne village.
We can expect that wonderful agency, known as ‘Irish Water,’ no doubt to protect our interests in this matter.