Minerals Ireland

About EMD

The Exploration and Mining Division (EMD) is a line division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

EMD's remit includes:
  • Regulation and permitting of exploration for and extraction of minerals (excluding petroleum, stone, sand, gravel and clay);
  • Promoting inward investment;
  • Policy development;
  • Representing and protecting the State‚Äôs interests;
  • The exclusive right to work all minerals regardless of ownership (with a few minor exceptions);
  • Rehabilitation of former mine sites where the Minister has an identified role.
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