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Mineral Exploration & Mining

Policy in Ireland is to promote mineral exploration to enable the discovery and development of economic deposits. The goal is to maximise the contribution of the mining sector to the economy, with due regard to its social and environmental impact. Activities are carried out by the private sector under permits issued by the Minister. There are separate processes for Prospecting Licences and State Mining Facilities. These are enshrined in legislation, which is currently under review. We do not license or regulate petroleum, or quarries for stone, sand, gravel, clay, or aggregates, with some exceptions.

What we do:

  • Formulate and implement minerals development policy.
  • Promote our mineral potential.
  • License and monitor the mineral exploration and mining industries.
  • Consult with stakeholders on the granting of permits.
  • Where appropriate, undertake site safety works and remediation of old mines.
  • Make available technical exploration reports and data.