We recently contacted the Department to find out what their position was following the reciept of over 400 objections to prospecting licences being granted in the peninsula.
The response was as follows:
The current position is that all the objections have been received and listed and the matter will now be considered by the Minister since the legislation provides that the granting of a licence is a matter for his decision. If the Minister decides to grant the licences each person who submitted an objection will be notified by letter and the reasons will be clearly outlined. I'm afraid I can’t give an actual date as to when the decision might be reached but I would expect that it would be in the near future.
 
Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information.
 
Sincerely,
 
John King
Exploration & Mining Division
Department of Communications,
Energy & Natural Resources
Beggar's Bush
Haddington Road
Dublin 4



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