This week the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources met to review the estimates and spending allocations for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
As Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources I appeared before the Committee and gave a brief outline of the areas of responsibility under my remit.
The areas include:
- Hydrocarbon Exploration
- Mineral Exploration – mining
- Inland Fisheries including the Loughs Agency and Inland Fisheries Ireland
- Regional Seismic Survey
- The Observe Programme
- Geological Survey of Ireland including INFOMAR – the national marine mapping programme and TELLUS – the airborne and ground-based date collection programme (currently underway in Galway and Mayo).