Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (24)

Bríd Smith

Question:

24. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the applications for petroleum leases, undertakings and licences refused by his Department since 1995 to date; and if application fees were returned to the unsuccessful applicants. [28534/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Since the introduction of the Integrated Petroleum Affairs System database in 2007, twenty three applications for petroleum authorisations have been considered and declined. It has not been possible to review manual records for the period 1995 to 2006 in the timeframe available. As regards these 23 applications, no refund of application fees has been made.

In general terms, it is not practice to return application fees for a petroleum authorisation where the Minister is in a position to consider an application and consequently grant or refuse the application.