Exploration firm Conroy Gold and Natural Resources has announced plans to mine for antimony in its mine at Clontibret in Co Monaghan as well as gold. 

Antimony is a critical raw material, which is used mainly in the production of flame retardant products. A large supply deficit has been forecast by the European Commission.

The company said that metallurgical testwork has revealed that potentially economic quantities of antimony may occur in the gold bearing concentrate at Clontibret. 

"The potentially economic quantities of the strategically important mineral antimony ,in addition to the gold which is intended to be mined at Clontibret, is a very welcome further development as the company moves forward with its mining plans for Clontibret," commented the company's chairman Professor Richard Conroy.