As under the 1940 Minerals Development Act
|Antimony, Ores of
|Arsenic, Ores of
||Flint and Chert
||Gold, Ores of
|Bismuth, Ores of
||Lead, Ores of
||Silver, Ores of|
|Copper, Ores of
||Magnesium, Ores of
||Strontium, Ores of|
||Manganese, Ores of
||Sulphur, Ores of|
||Talc and Steatite or Soapstone|
||Mercury, Ores of
||Tin, Ores of|
Applicants for Prospecting Licences may apply for specific commodities such as gold, zinc, gypsum, barytes, and other ‘minerals’ listed in the Schedule to the Minerals Development Act, 1940. In addition, exploration companies may also apply for particular commodity groupings that frequently occur together in mineral deposits. Examples of such groupings include base metals, Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and gem minerals.
In the context of Irish minerals regulation, the Exploration and Mining Division (EMD) considers that:
Base Metals includes: zinc, lead, copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese, cadmium, molybdenum, vanadium, chromium, tantalum, tin, tungsten, gallium, indium, thallium, bismuth, arsenic, antimony, tellurium and germanium.
Platinum Group Metals includes: platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium.
Rare Earth Elements includes: scandium, yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium and lutetium.
Gem Minerals are those minerals which when cut, polished or otherwise modified, may be used to make jewellery or other decorative adornments. Examples include diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, aquamarine, topaz, peridot, tanzanite and opal.
Applicants should note that they must complete an acceptable exploration programme for ALL minerals that are listed on a Prospecting Licence. If it appears to the Minister that a licensee is not adequately exploring for certain minerals, the Minister may revoke the licence in respect of such minerals.