Minister of State Fergus O ‘Dowd at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has published a Study by Indecon on Ireland’s mining sector. The sector reported turnover of EUR 426.1 million last year, according to the Indecon report. It said taxes, royalties and other licence-related fees in 2012 came to more than EUR 65 million. The report estimated the economy-wide expenditure impact of the sector in 2012 at EUR 809.7 million, supporting 3,300 jobs directly and indirectly – almost all of them outside Dublin. Ireland was Europe’s largest producer of zinc concentrate, accounting for 32 per cent of all European zinc mine output and the 10th largest producer in the world.
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