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 November 2016 Prospecting Licence Competition will run from 1st November until 31st December 2016.
Competition Evaluation Criteria Forms
State Mining and Prospecting Areas Map
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 email@example.com 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".