Dáil Éireann - Volume 401 - 10 July, 1990

Written Answers. - Prospecting Licences.

132. Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Energy if he will outline the townlands in County Donegal for which prospecting licences have been issued to date; the companies concerned in each case; the conditions and nature of the licence issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Energy (Mr. Molloy): The Minerals Development Acts, 1940 to 1979, provide for the granting of mineral prospecting licences which authorise the holders to enter upon the lands specified and there to carry out surveys or other investigations to ascertain whether mineral deposits of commercial interest exist there.

A condition attached to all licences is that the licences must obtain planning permission in advance under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 and 1976, for any work contemplated under the licences which would require such permission.

Prospecting licences holders are also required to carry out their operations in conformity with good prospecting practices and not to interfere unnecessarily with the amenities of the locality in which the license area is situated.

In cases where my Department is [973] aware of an environmentally sensitive site, for example, an historic monument, detailed instructions are given to the licensee regarding their operations, otherwise they are required to consult the Office of Public Works or other relevant bodies.

There are at present 44 prospecting licences granted to ten companies (Appendix A). The licences were issued for an initial term of two years subject to payment of the appropriate fee, and to the conditions generally applicable to the grant of prospecting licences. They were subsequently renewed for further periods, [974] my Department being satisfied that sufficient prospecting work had been carried out and that acceptable work programmes would be undertaken.

There are several hundred townlands in the above licensed areas and the Deputy will appreciate that due to time constraints and staffing resources it is not possible to give a detailed list of the townlands in the reply.

Appendix A

Following is the information requested in relation to current valid prospecting licences in County Donegal.

Name and address of Licensees:

1. Aquitaine Mining Ireland Ltd., Gardner House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2. in joint venture with Cluff Mineral Exploration Ltd., 58 St. James Street, London SW1A 1LD, England and Silvermines plc., 43 Ailesbury Rd. Dublin 4.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

2803

Tawnawully Mountain and adjoining townlands

Donegal

23/1/87

3036

Lenan

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

4/7/83

3037

Dunaff

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

4/7/83

2. Aquitaine Mining Ireland Ltd., Gardner House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

3020

Ballard

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

12/10/81

3038

Ballyliffin

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

9/11/81

3039

Cullionboy

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

9/11/81

3. Burmin Exploration and Development plc., Modeshill, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

1414

Falcarragh

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

16/1/90

4. Cluff Mineral Exploration Ltd., 58 St. James Street, London SW1A 1LD, England.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

2083

Derrora

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

27/4/88

2084

Church Hill

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

27/4/88

[975][976]2991

Malin More

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3007

Kindroghed

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3008

Glenagiveny

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3021

Straleel

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3023

Ballymoon

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3072

Graffy

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3078

Meedacalliagh

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

8/8/88

3079

Beauville Keeloges

& Clonglash

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

8/8/88

3090

Monfad

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3094

Carrownaff

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3118

Stradavally

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3120

Fallask

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3236

Rathdonnell

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

25/11/87

3326

Cloghroe

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

27/4/88

5. Cobh Exploration Limited, 118 Herbert Park, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

2085

Dromore

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

17/9/89

6. Chevron Mineral Corporation of Ireland 1st Floor, Fitzwilton House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

3128

Behy

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

14/9/88

7. Feltrim Mining plc. 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

2357

Stranorlar

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

23/8/88

2359

Gleneely

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

23/8/88

2961

Ballyhiernan

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

23/9/88

3026

Meenreagh

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

23/8/88

[977][978]3557

Cranford

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

5/8/88

8. Rio Tinto Finance and Exploration plc., St. James Square, London SW1Y 4LD England.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

2073

Crolly

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

16/3/89

2088

Gortahork

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

16/3/89

2111

Keeldrum Upper

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

16/3/89

2964

Ballylosky

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

3/5/88

3496

Muff

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

3/5/88

3543

Keeldrum Lower

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

16/3/89

9. Tara Prospecting Ltd., Knockumber, Navan Co. Meath.

Area No.

Townlands

County

Commencement Date

3095

Ardmore

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

24/11/84

10. Westland Exploration Ltd., 162 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3.

Area

Commencement

No.

Townlands

County

Date

2089

Illies

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

28/7/78

2115

Fawans

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

29/6/83

2290

Meenachallow

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

28/7/78

2548

Gartan Mountain

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

22/12/86

3062R

Oort

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

16/5/83

3063

Ballyargus

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

16/5/83

3064

Meenabaltin

and adjoining townlands

Donegal

16/5/83