|GSI, the national geological agency, provides services which support a range of important national objectives including environmental protection, natural resource management, development of offshore marine resources, sustainable energy supply and educational services. GSI undertakes these in collaboration with other national players and local authorities, as well as with the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, thus ensuring that cost-effective and relevant products result.|
The Government recently approved a successor programme to the Irish National Seabed Survey (INSS) and this new programme, INFOMAR, will be jointly managed by GSI and the Marine Institute, reflecting their acknowledged success in managing this nationally important task. The emerging information is used by increasingly wider sections of the community for issues as diverse as energy resources, maritime safety and fisheries.
This report outlines the main achievements of GSI in the past year and illustrates their relevance to our daily lives. It results from the support of its stakeholders and customers, as well as the contribution of its staff, which I am pleased to acknowledge.
Noel Dempsey TD
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources
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