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Please take action to help prevent mining in Co. Clare!

On 12th December, Clare County Councillors will vote on a motion about whether to ban the use of cyanide and mercury in the processing of minerals in Clare, as well as whether to strengthen the environmental and human health protection from the negative impact of extractive industries including mining.

If the motion is passed, it greatly increases the chance of it being written into the Clare County Development Plan (2023-2029).

Why is this important? 

In the last twelve months, several licences for prospecting for zinc and lead in East Clare were granted.  

Extractive mining practices represent a threat to health and safety and our natural environment, including the likelihood of polluting groundwater and even causing sinkholes, as has happened in Cork and Monaghan in recent years.

Cyanide, mercury and compounds of cyanide are toxic chemicals often used in gold mining, and if the chemicals become banned, it will present a major obstacle for certain mining companies coming to Clare.  As yet, no prospecting licences have been granted in Clare for gold mining, but there is at least one pending application in the East Clare area.

If we act swiftly, before Monday December 12th, we can put pressure on our local representatives to vote for the motion to protect ourselves and our environment.

Please send an email (see suggestion below) or make a call to your local councillors about supporting the Motion on Monday 12th to include banning the use of cyanide.There are several councillors for each area and their contact details can be found here:

Letter to councillors to support anti-mining motion on 12th December 2022.

Dear Councillor 

I am aware that the Draft Clare County Development Plan (2023-2029) is still under review and the final version will serve as guidance for developments in Clare for the next six years.

I am also aware that one of the areas open for amendments relates to the extractive industries, which includes mining in Co. Clare. 

At a Clare County Council meeting on 12th December, Councillor Johnny Flynn intends to propose a motion which would call for stronger wording to protect the environment and human health from the negative impact of extractive industrial processes.

This wording includes the banning of the use of mercury, cyanide or cyanide compounds, breakdown products of cyanide and sulphuric acid as processing chemicals. These chemicals are used in gold mining, therefore this motion could help prevent gold mining in Clare. There is strong evidence that these chemicals present an unreasonable risk of harm to human beings and the environment due to their toxicity.

As your constituent, I ask you to support the motion banning cyanide and other chemicals used in the extractive process when it comes to vote on 12th December.

Kind regards,


Links to interesting relevant articles and facts

1. Hannan Metals

2. Sinkhole in Monaghan,underneath%20that%20area%20of%20land.

3. Sinkhole in West Cork

4. Cyanide and mercury dangers in gold mining

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