Scheduled Minerals

As under the 1940 Minerals Development Act

Alum Shales Dolomite Mica
Anhydrite Dolomitic Limestone Mineral Pigments
Antimony, Ores of Felspar Minerals Oils
Apatite Fireclay Molybdenite
Arsenic, Ores of Flint and Chert Monazite
Asbestos minerals Fluorspar Natural Gas
Ball Clay Ganister Quartz Rock
Barytes Gem minerals Radioactive minerals
Bauxite Gold, Ores of Refractory Clays
Beryl Graphite Rock Phosphates
Bismuth, Ores of Gypsum Rock Salt
Bitumens Lead, Ores of Roofing Slate
Calcite Lignite Serpentinous Marble
Chalk Lithomarge Silica Sand
China Clay Magnesite Silver, Ores of
Copper, Ores of Magnesium, Ores of Strontium, Ores of
Corundum Manganese, Ores of Sulphur, Ores of
Cryolite Marble Talc and Steatite or Soapstone
Diatomaceous Earth Mercury, Ores of Tin, Ores of

Mineral/Commodity Grouping:

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.

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