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​​​​​​​​​As a statutory body, Geological Survey Ireland responds to calls for information and comments on Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA), Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIAR), Planning Applications, and County Development Plans, particularly in relation to roads, wind and solar farms, and quarries, or if a potential development would adversely affect a site of geological importance or groundwater source. We have developed guidelines for local authorities and consultants for the planning of relevant developments.​​

The publicly available data referenced/presented here, should in no way be construed as Geological Survey Ireland support for or objection to a proposed development or plan. The data is made freely available to all and can be used as independent scientific data in assessments, plans or policies. It should be noted that in many cases this data is a baseline or starting point for further site specific assessments.

Planning consultations are coordinated by the Geoheritage Programme at the Geological Survey Ireland.  Please contact​ us for further information.  Planning documents for our consideration may be sent directly to us at GSIPlanning[AT] or to the Corporate Support Unit​ of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. 

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GSI focus on development impacts on ground and subsurface related features.  All developments of this nature are of interest to us but we mainly deal with roads, wind and solar farms, quarries, any development on or close to a County Geological Site​.  The following guidelines may be of use when preparing planning documents.,-viewers,-data-downloads,-GOLDMINE.aspxDowntime from 5pm on Thursday 09th May to Sunday 12th MayAll of GSI's web services, viewers, data downloads and GOLDMINE application will be down from 5pm on Thursday 09th May to Sunday 12th May. Some report downloads will also be affected. Apologies for any inconvenience this will cause.07/05/2024 23:00:00 Graduate Geologist positions now available at Geological Survey Ireland6 positions are now open for graduate geologists to work for 11 months and gain valuable experience in the Earth Science sector in Ireland.28/03/2024 00:00:00 Geological Heritage of County Cork08/05/2024 23:00:00 paper in the Journal of Environmental Psychology24/01/2024 00:00:00