Treasure Leitrim deciding its next moves after Minister’s decision on prospecting

A Leitrim group campaigning against prospecting in the county says it’s working on a number of options it hopes to take in the aftermath of the decision by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Transport, Eamon Ryan, to issue prospecting licences to a mining company for 47 townlands in north Leitrim

Treasure Leitrim says it’s shocked and angry over the decision to allow prospecting for base metals and gold and silver ore.

Spokesman Jamie Murphy says the Minister made his decision despite cross-community and councillors’ support in opposition to the move.

He says members of Treasure Leitrim met last night to decide what to do next.


The Geoscience Regulation Office said that following a detailed review of all valid objections received, the Minister is satisfied to grant prospecting licences to Flintridge Resources for two areas (PL Areas 1469 and 3162).

The Geoscience Regulation Office added that the decision has been taken following consideration of all the issues raised in submissions received.

Last October, the Minister published notice of his intention to grant a prospecting licence to Omagh-based company Flintridge Resources for 47 named townlands in two separate areas, close to Manorhamilton.

Objectors had 30 days to make submissions to the Geoscience Regulation Office (GSRO).

Leitrim-based TD Martin Kenny says Minister Ryan’s decision is disappointing.