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Mine plan may force family from Co Tyrone home

Michelle Dennehy with her baby Bláithin at the 'GPO' near Greencastle, Co Tyrone. Picture by Hugh Russell.
Connla Young

Mother-of-three Michelle Dennehy fears for the future of her children.

Her family live about a mile from the site of a proposed cyanide using processing plant near Greencastle.

Despite claims about jobs and investment she believes local people will receive little benefit from the planned mine.

"All they can offer is the promise of money but money is no good to if you are in a hospital bed or you are sitting beside your child in a hospital bed," he said.

"I think that the local man or local woman is going to see very little.”

A drill rig close near Rousky in Co Tyrone. Picture by Hugh Russell.

"It's not the locals that are going to making the big profit if this goes ahead.

“It's just the people who are going to have to live with the consequences."

Health concerns

Objections to the project have been raised on several fronts but the worried mother said her “number one concern is health related”.

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"That would be my primary concern and I am the mother of three young children and I just worry for their future," she said.

"What they will be breathing in, dust pollution, air pollution.

"Obviously water pollution is a big concern as well."

Ms Dennehy said she is also "worried about the social implications" of the mine and is concerned about "the erosion of community".

"This is a really close-knit rural community," she said.

"Everybody knows everybody and it's such a safe lovely place to bring children up.

"I just worry about our area changing for the worse."

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