The Potential for Economic Reprocessing of Mine Waste in Ireland

Authors: Paul Gordon, Shane Lavery

Summary: This small scale study looked at the potential for economic reprocessing of mine waste in Ireland.

Published: 2020

Pages: 41

Filesize: 1,623 KB

Format: pdf


Ireland was once ranked as the biggest producer of lead and zinc in Europe, but has dropped down the rankings since the Lisheen and Galmoy mines closed within the last five years. Mine waste, in the form of tailings and spoil, is both a potentially valuable resource, as well as, in some cases, an environmental hazard, and represents an opportunity for Ireland to move its mining industry into a new phase.