Mining brighter prospects

From zinc and gold to coal, barite and lithium, and possibly even platinum and diamonds, Ireland has real potential to exploit its rich resources, writes John Teeling.

8th September, 2012
Ireland is an emerging gold exploration province. Photo: Getty

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* The high-risk mining industry had no profile in Ireland for many years, until a zinc find in Galway led to a recent boom in exploration

* Zinc prospects have attracted a host of large listed companies to Ireland, with many small explorers linking up with the big names - some achieving huge returns

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