Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (96)

Phil Hogan


91 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he has consulted the surveys and cores that were undertaken in 1993 on the lands for the proposed extension of the M9 route for mineral extraction; if the Geological Survey of Ireland has any information available on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7301/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

As I explained in my reply to Question No. 116 on 29 January and Question No. 158 on 19 February, reports on the mineral deposits in the area, supplied by the existing mine lessee's experts, and material supplied by the geological survey, were assessed by the technical staff of my Department's exploration and mining division. They are satisfied that sizeable deposits of minerals exist. My Department has no details of surveys undertaken in 1993. If the Deputy can supply me with the details I will be happy to have them examined.