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 promoting and 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 1st February, 1st May, 1st August and 1st November.

The 1st February 2017 Prospecting Licence Competition will run from 1st February until 31st March 2017. 

Competition Evaluation Criteria       Forms

A shapefile of PL areas as of 1st February 2017 is available for download from here (56MB).

State Mining and Prospecting Areas Map

November 2016: The State Mining and Prospecting Areas Map - 1st November 2016 is available for download (PDF 5MB).

Seismic Surveying and Reporting

October 2016: The draft "Guidelines for Seismic Surveying and Submission of Seismic Data to EMD" are available.  Please email comments to emd.info@dccae.gov.ie by 16th December 2016.

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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