Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Prospecting and Mining Operations.

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asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will make available a map of Ireland, similar to a map recently published (details supplied), indicating the areas in which prospecting and mining have taken place and are taking place for various minerals and the number of persons to whom prospecting licences and mining leases were issued in each area.

Maps and descriptive lists of areas the subject of current facilities for mining and mineral prospecting, other than for petroleum, in the land area of the country are made available to the public by the Geological Survey Office, attached to my Department. The most recent map and list are dated 26th October, 1973. I am arranging to let the Deputy have a copy of each of these documents.