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 licensing of exploration for and extraction of minerals (excluding petroleum, stone, sand, gravel and clay);


  • Policy development and implementation;


  • 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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