Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (750)

Bríd Smith

Question:

750. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary Question No. 179 of 20 June 2019, if the application for a lease undertaken for a licence (details supplied) has been with his Department since October 2012; and the reason for the delay in deciding on this application. [30840/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Applications received for a petroleum authorisation must demonstrate that the work programme proposed in their application will progress understanding of the petroleum prospectivity of the Irish Offshore and that the applicant has the financial and technical capability to undertake the proposed work programme. In that regard the consideration of applications is a complex process, which as in the case of some applications such as the application referenced by the Deputy can take some time to bring to conclusion.