Southern and Eastern; Dublin;
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Mining Of Metal Ores
07 - Mining of metal ores

221 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 September 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 December 2008
Foreseen end date
30 September 2009


Kilkenny based zinc mine, Galmoy Mines, is to close with the loss of 221 jobs by September 2009 - two years earlier than originally announced. Originally, the job losses were due to occur on a phased basis, as follows: the first cuts were in December 2008, when 36 employees were to be made redundant, and the job losses were then to phased across 2009 and 2010, with the mine scheduled to finally close in 2011. However, the company have now decided to bring forward the closure by two years. It is reported that a variety of factors have prompted the decision to close the mine, including rising oil prices, falling zinc prices and the fact that the remaining zinc deposits - already nearing the end of their natural lifespan - are buried too far underground to make it economically viable to extract. Galmoy Mines has operated in the area since 1996. Union representatives have called on the Government and its agencies to help the workers retrain and find alternative employment.


  • 23 January 2009: The Irish Independent
  • 27 September 2008: The Irish Examiner


Eurofound (2008), Galmoy Mines, Closure in Ireland, factsheet number 67142, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67142.