Comment: Shambles will deter potential jobs if not sorted

Tara Mines in Co Meath
Tara Mines in Co Meath

One argument for having minerals exploration drilling outside the normal planning process is its complex nature.

Industry experts in the Department are seen as best-placed to determine a project’s environmental credentials.

The effect of this foul-up is to put minerals drilling projects into the standard planning process, where they may face greater delays.

That’s something that investors will not be keen on. If we want investment and jobs in this sector – like we’ve seen at Tara Mines in Navan – this needs to be sorted out fast.

Irish Independent

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