Minerals Ireland

Ireland has much on offer as a mining and exploration target. It is a stable Republic with a long mining tradition, diverse geology with a wealth of mineral potential, and a highly developed infrastructure.

The Exploration and Mining Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is responsible for regulating minerals exploration and development in Ireland - a country where you can avail of security of tenure, simple regulatory framework, low regulatory overheads, prospecting licence issue under six months and free exploration data.

We encourage you to explore this site to find out more about the mining and exploration for minerals in Ireland.


Prospecting Licence Competition

Ground available for application under competition is offered every three months on 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November.

The 1 November 2018 Prospecting Licence Competition will run from 1 November to 31 December 2018.


State Mining and Prospecting Areas Map

November 2018: The State Mining and Prospecting Areas Map - 1 November 2018 is available for download (A0 PDF 12MB).


A shapefile of Prospecting Licence (PL) Areas as of 1 November 2018 is available for download.


Minerals Development Act 2017

The Minerals Development Act 2017 was enacted on the 26 July 2017 and is due to be commenced.


Mine Data Release

March 2017: Data from Lisheen Mine and Galmoy Mine have been made publically available.  This data includes mine closure plans, geology, groundwater and mining data.   

For further information and to download data, please click here.


Seismic Data Release

March 2017: Seismic data acquired by mineral exploration companies in Ireland has become publically available.

For further information and to download data, please click here.


Seismic Surveying and Reporting

October 2016: The draft " Guidelines for Seismic Surveying and Submission of Seismic Data to EMD " are available. 
 

Recreational Gold Panning in Ireland

September 2014: Update of Recreational Gold Panning Frequently Asked Questions


Exploration Drilling - Guidance on Discharge to Groundwater

June 2014: The draft " Exploration Drilling - Guidance on Discharge to Groundwater " is available.  The deadline for comments has passed.


Economic Contribution of Mineral Exploration and Mining in Ireland

September 2013: Report on the Economic Contribution of Mineral Exploration and Mining in Ireland
    

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