Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ceisteanna (454, 455)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

454. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of a prospecting licence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39359/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

455. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to request that a company (details supplied) surrender a prospecting licence in view of its declaration that it no longer has an interest in a project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39360/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 454 and 455 together.

The company referred to by the Deputy currently holds a Prospecting Licence for PLA 934 which is due to expire the 30th December, 2019. If the company applies to renew this Prospecting Licence, the renewal application will be subject to the normal due diligence applied to all applicants for and holders of Prospecting Licences. Currently my Department has received no information to indicate that the company no longer has an interest in the project.