Residents of a rural community in Co Monaghan impacted by a sinkhole last September are expressing concern over a planning application for an open-cast mine in the area.
The main road into the village of Drumgossat has been closed since December after a crowhole emerged. Locals are hoping it will re-open by the end of the summer.
"We're talking about a road with a green verge up the middle. It's so narrow. We have articulated trucks coming from the mushroom farm a couple of times a day using this road. We have businesses that have been affected, the school have been affected. Everyone has been affected," said local woman Breda McGuigan.
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Thomas Kieran, a local farmer in Drumgossat, was forced from his home due to the sinkhole.
"We are out of our home now for almost twelve months, it's just been devastating," he said.
Nine months on and a temporary pitch has been opened but now there is concern over a planning application for an open-cast mine along with a state of the art GAA club community centre.
"They are putting all the planning together and it's going to split the community even more," said Bernie Collins, another local resident.
"We don't want to be played off each other and by putting the one application in, that's what they are doing," added Geraldine Ward, a resident living near the proposed open-cast mine.
Sinn Féin Councillor Colm Carthy said everyone wants to see state-of-the-art facilities for the GAA club and a new community centre.
"What we don't want to see is that coming with a precondition that we have to get open-cast mining in Drumgossat at the same time," said Councillor Carthy.
Gyroc says it is committed to providing new GAA facilities and a community centre whatever the planning outcome.
It said its preferred option is a significantly upgraded state-of-the-art GAA club and community centre, however this is pending the wider investment is given planning permission.
The plan includes an open-cast mine on Gyproc lands formerly used for the Magheracloone Mitchells GAA club.
It said that of the investment plan does not proceed it will fully fund the rebuilding and replacement of the GAA club and community centre.