HC Deb 13 July 1909 vol 7 cc1856-7

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether, in reference to the geological survey of Ireland, referred to in the last Report of the Department, any survey has been made recently of possible coalfields in Munster; is the Department yet provided with a diamond or other suitable borer; and whether the Department will consider the propriety of conducting surveys and boring operations in such districts as Dromagh, near Banteer, county Cork, and the district lying north-west of the River Blackwater, and extending to the confines of Kerry, at Kingwilliams-town, where coal and culm have been raised in considerable quantities in former years?


A survey of the coalfields referred to was made some years ago, and the Department are advised that a resurvey is not necessary. The Department do not possess a diamond drill, and do not propose to conduct boring operations for minerals. The Department's economic geologist is familiar with the district mentioned in the last part of the question, and will be prepared to afford any information in his power to intending prospectors.