Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has said the road closures affecting hundreds in Knocknacran and Drumgossat remain ongoing with investigations and requests for funding to conduct vital road repairs following the collapse of a mine in the area.

 Deputy Smyth was speaking after meeting with residents in the South Monaghan area who have been restricted by sinkholes.   

 Deputy Smyth commented, “I understand a request is with the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport from Monaghan County Council for funding to restore the roads in the vicinity of the mine.

 “An investigation into the matter is also with the Department of Communications, Climate Action, and Environment with results expected to be issued to Monaghan County Council in the coming weeks.

 “Residents in our area have been inconvenienced for too long and deserve solutions.  

 “I have raised this with both Ministers for Transport and Communications. While this is a complex problem under no circumstances must there be delays from the Departments which might prolong a solution being found,” concluded Deputy Smyth.