Exploration and Mining Division
Ireland Ranked 4th out of 112
The Fraser Institute, in its Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2013, ranks Ireland 4th out of 112 jurisdictions with Sweden first this year (on the Policy Potential Index, overall ranking of the survey) compared to 6th out of 96 jurisdictions in 2012; 9/93 in 2011 when we broke in to the top ten; 16/79 in 2010; 17/72 in 2009; and 26/71 in 2008.
This demonstrates an attractive policy regime for exploration and mining companies considering doing business in Ireland.
Fraser Institute: Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2013
Avoca Remediation Project
CDM Smith Ireland Ltd has been appointed consultants to provide design, procurement and project management services for remediation works at the former mine site at Avoca, Co. Wicklow. A planned programme of essential health and safety works will be identified and undertaken over the next three years - 2014 to 2016.
Six Monthly Report to the Oireachtas -
The report by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for the six months ended 31 December 2013 in accordence with Section 77 of the Minerals Development Act, 1940 and Section 8 of the Minerals Development Act, 1979 has been laid before the Oireachtas and is available at the following link.
Six Monthly Report to the Oireachtas y/e 31 December 2013
February 1st 2014 Prospecting Licence Competition
February 1st 2014 Prospecting Licence Competition open from Saturday 1st February until 31st March 2014
Exploration Drilling - Guidance on Discharge to Groundwater
The draft guidance document is currently in preparation and should be available for comments in Qtr. 1, 2014.
Assessment of Economic Contribution of Mineral Exploration and Mining in Ireland - 29th September 2013
Minister O'Dowd publishes an assessment of the economic contribution of the exploration and mining sector to the Irish economy. The report and media release is available at Assessment of Economic Contribution of Mineral Exploration and Mining in Ireland
Monitoring of Mining Activities and Compliance with Conditions of State Mining Licences/Leases
AMEC Earth & Environmental (UK) Ltd are undertaking ongoing inspections of mine sites and records. This includes regular physical inspections of mining operations, both on surface and underground, to monitor mining activities, plans and records to ensure compliance with terms and conditions of those leases and licences and adherence to best practice.
Environmental Monitoring at the Former Mining Areas of Silvermines (Co. Tipperary) and Avoca (Co. Wicklow).
CDM Smith Ireland Ltd are undertaking ongoing environmental monitoring at Silvermines and Avoca. It is intended to publish the 2013 report early in 2014.
About Exploration and Mining Division (EMD)
The Exploration and Mining Division (EMD) is a line division of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. EMD is the key reference point for the exploration and mining industry, available for advice and assistance from arrival in Ireland through to the opening of a mine. Enquiries from the general public on all matters relating to minerals regulation are also welcome.
Our remit includes:
- Regulation and permitting of exploration for and extraction of minerals (excluding petroleum, stone, sand, gravel and clay);
- Promoting inward investment in minerals exploration;
- Policy development in the area of minerals exploration and extraction;
- Representing and protecting the State's interests as mineral owner. The State owns an estimated 60% of all minerals and the exclusive right to work all minerals regardless of ownership (with a few minor exceptions) is vested in the Minister.
- Rehabilitation of former mine sites where the Minister has an acknowledged role.
- This site explains the role of EMD, the regulatory framework associated with mining and exploration, and industry background in general. For more technical information and to apply for a Prospecting Licence please visit our industry website http://www.mineralsireland.ie/