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Dalradian NI gold mine job figures questioned

Government economist asks firm to give more details on controversial proposal

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Dalradian wants to open a gold mine in Sperrins

Dalradian wants to open a gold mine in Sperrins

Dalradian wants to open a gold mine in Sperrins

Updated job creation figures from the company behind a controversial gold mine proposal in Co Tyrone have been queried by an economist in the department dealing with the plans.

A letter from the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) economist questions figures from Canadian firm Dalradian about the number of direct and indirect construction jobs it would create.

Residents of Greencastle and surrounding areas are opposed to the mine on environmental grounds. Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has said a public inquiry will be held into the project.