Ireland is internationally renowned as a major zinc-lead mining province. Over the last 50 years a string of significant base metal discoveries have been made, including the giant ore deposit at Navan, Co. Meath.
Other minerals being mined in Ireland are Gyspum in Co. Monaghan, Fireclay and Coal in Co. Laois and Marble in Co. Galway.
There are currently 6 State Mining Licences and 10 State Mining Leases in operation in Ireland. Full details of the current State Mining Facilities are available in the
Six Monthly Report to the Oireachtas.