Wicklow TD Jennifer Whitmore has welcomed the news from the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications that they intend to review and update a feasibility study first carried out on the Avoca Mines in 2008.
This was discussed yesterday at the Committee on the Environment and Climate Action following questions from Deputy Whitmore to Minister Ossian Smyth.
Speaking after the committee meeting, Deputy Whitmore said:
“I am very glad to hear that in 2023 the Department will be updating the feasibility report for the Avoca Mines. The initial report was conducted so long ago that technologies available have changed and it is timely that report is updated.
“The initial report in 2008 recommended a major programme of investment of €58.5 million. However, following the financial crash this plan was shelved and was replaced with a much-reduced spending of approximately €5 million over the last fourteen years to simply maintain structures as they are now was instead adopted.
“The potential environmental impact that the runoff from the disused mines could have on local land and water is a major point of concern of locals in Avoca, Co. Wicklow.
“Technology has advanced significantly since this report was published and our national finances are in a much stronger position now. I welcome the plan to review the feasibility report and I hope that government will decide it is time to invest the necessary funding into the Avoca Silver Mines in 2023.
“I will keep working to advocate for this important issue for my constituents in Avoca, and across Wicklow.”