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Prospecting Licences under the Minerals Development Acts, 1940-1999

Notice of Intention to Renew Prospecting Licences
Pursuant to section 8(6) of the Minerals Development Act 1940, as inserted by section 2 of the Minerals Development Act 1995, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications intends to renew the prospecting licences for Base Metals, Barytes, Silver (Ores of,) and Gold (Ores of,) held by Group Eleven Mining and Exploration Limited, 22 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, D04 ED73 over the following Townlands of Counties Tipperary and Limerick.
Townlands in Clanwilliam Barony: Acraboy, Alleen (Hogan), Alleen (Ryan), Ballinvasa, Ballybeg, Ballybrien, Ballydonagh, Ballyrickane, Ballyrobin (E.D. Kilmucklin), Ballyryan East, Ballyryan West, Ballysimon, Barnanalleen, Boreen, Cappaghrattin, Cauteen, Churchfield, Clonmorewalk, Cloonmalonga, Donohill Lands, Doonoor, Emlagh, Farranaclara, Farranaraheen, Garryshane, Glebe (E.D. Kilmucklin), Gortanerrig, Gortdrum, Gorteen (E.D. Kilmucklin), Gorteen South, Gorteenaphooka, Gortnahahaboy, Grange, Knockaneduff, Knockphelagh, Kyle, Kyleagarry, Lisheenaleen, Lisheennamalausa, Lisheendarby, Lisheenfrankagh, Lisheenkyle, Lismurphy, Milltown, Moandoherdagh, Moanmore, Moatquarter (E.D. Kilmucklin), Monard, Monatogher, Newtown, Pallas, Raheen Lower, Ranacrohy, Russelstown, Seskin, Shanballymore, Shandangan, Solloghodbeg, Townlands in Kilnamanagh Lower Barony: Attybrick, Coolacussane, Coolbaun, Goldengarden, Graffin, Kilpatrick, Knockgorman, Townlands in Coonagh Barony: Boherdotia.
Due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions, the maps and townland lists should be viewed on the Government of Ireland website and these are available at (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/507ce-prospecting-licence-notices/). Where possible, they will be made available at Tipperary Garda Station; Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary; the Geological Survey of Ireland, Beggar's Bush, Dublin, D04 K7X4 and the address below.
Objections to the renewal of the licence should be made to the address below within 30 days of the date of this Notice. The Minister reserves the right to make details of the objections available to the applicant in order to fully consider their validity.
NB: A prospecting licence entitles the holder to explore for mineral deposits and does not authorise mining of any minerals. The activities permissible under a licence are, in general, non-invasive and of minimal environmental impact. The Minister has assessed the exploration
programme proposed by the company and has determined that the activities are not likely to have a significant effect on the environment.
Further information, statutory notice and Minister’s determination at:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/507ce-prospecting-licence-notices/
Geoscience and Regulations Office
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
29-31 Adelaide Road
Dublin
D02 X285
Ph. (01) 678 2668
Email: GSRO@DECC.gov.ie
Ref: M. A. 315/2 Date: 14th July 2021
EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR)
Department responsibilities: The Department welcomes objections and petitions from the public. In responding to the consultation, respondents consent to their name being publically available with the submission. The Department will redact personal addresses and personal email addresses prior to publication. We would draw your attention to the Department's Privacy Statement:
‘The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications requires responders to provide certain personal data in order to provide services and carry out the functions of the Department. Your personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments and Agencies in certain circumstances, where lawful. Full details can be found in our Data Privacy Notice which is available on the Government of Ireland website (https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation-information/dfd02-data-protection/) or in hard copy on request’.
Petitioner’s responsibilities: Each Petition Organiser is a Data Controller and they should be aware of their responsibilities; that details provided by petition signatories when signing the
petition (for example names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers and so on) are categorised as ‘personal data’ which is subject to GDPR (EU Regulation 2016/679 ‘General Data Protection Regulation 2018’).
Petition Organisers as Data Controllers are required to confirm in their submission that:
a) All individuals whose personal data is provided in the Petition have consented to the processing of their personal data by the Petition Organiser and the Department (as outlined in our Privacy Statement above),
OR
b) That you otherwise have a legal basis (please specify) for providing such personal data to the Department for the purposes of participation in this consultation.
Decision on Specific Prospecting Activities
The Minister has assessed the exploration project proposed by the company and has determined that the activities are not likely to have a significant effect on the environment and proposes to grant the following Prospecting Licences (PLs).
PL Areas Under Renewal
350 and 4498 (Cos. Tipperary and Limerick)
Company
Group Eleven Mining and Exploration Ltd
Activity
Mineral exploration incorporating prospecting, geological mapping,
review of pre-existing drillcore, ground geophysical surveys and
diamond drilling, if warranted.
Environmental Considerations
Prospecting, geological mapping and ground geophysical surveys are
temporary and involve minimal disturbance. Geological review of
pre-existing drillcore will take place at a private facility, rather than
within the field. These activities are not likely to have a significant effect
on the environment. Any drilling proposed by the company will be
subject to further environmental screening assessments, once precise
drillhole locations are known, to assess whether the activity will have
any significant adverse effects on the environment.
Additional environmental screening will also be undertaken in the
event that the company plans to carry out any activity within a
European Site or Proposed Natural Heritage Area (e.g. Annacarty
Wetlands, Ballydonagh Marsh, Ballyneill Marsh, Doonoor Marsh and
Greenane Marsh pNHAs ).
European Sites
Lower River Suir SAC (Site Code 002137).
A screening determination has been carried out for the project. Particular attention has been paid to the European Site listed above.
It has been determined that the project does not have the potential for significant effects on European Sites on the basis that:
 Prospecting, mapping and geophysical surveys will be temporary, involve minimal disturbance and have a limited zone of influence.
 The specified activities are not being undertaken within any European Site.
Environmental Information available on DECC website.
1. Exploration Drilling Guidance on Discharge to Groundwater
2. Guidelines for Good Environmental Practice in Mineral Exploration
3. Environmental Safeguards- The Irish Way
4. Expert Environmental Guidance on Exploration Methodologies Parts 1 – 5.
Authority
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
Date of Notice
14th July 2021

Tuesday, 13 July, 2021 - 13:45 to Thursday, 12 August, 2021 - 13:45
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