Production at Tara Mines in County Meath has been stopped due to increased water flows into the mine.
Boliden – owner of the mines – said the increased water flow “resulted from the drilling of a pilot raise bore hole for a ventilation shaft.
They said underground production is not considered possible at this time.It revealed that inflow volumes are exceeding the capacity of the de-watering infrastructure.Production has been stopped to “focus on protecting infrastructure and equipment”, whilst also eliminating unnecessary additional water into the mine.The company said efforts are underway to stop the flow of water and it is unclear how long production will be halted.
Fianna Fáil Senator Shane Cassells described the news as “concerning” and said he hopes efforts to halt the flow of water are successful.
Senator Cassells, based in the Meath West constituency, said Tara Mines is “massively important” to the local economy with 700 people directly employed there and many hundreds more employed indirectly.