The community groups who are members of CAIM are protecting their land, health, livelihoods, environment, and the future of younger generations from the injustice of mining. Here we share information and resources for new community groups or individuals concerned about prospecting or mining, and ways to connect with CAIM.

If you live in an area which is under a new prospecting licence 

A prospecting licence allows the mining company to prospect for minerals and determine if a mining project would be viable, to later apply for a mining licence (for more information, see the ‘Mining in Ireland’ page. Both North and South, the government is obliged to advertise their intention to grant a prospecting licence in local newspapers, which is often how local residents find out about it. At this stage, the first step is to submit objection letters to the issuing of the prospecting licence. This has to happen fast, as there are only 30 days to do so.  

Ideally before the 30 day deadline for objection letters has ended, try to organise a public meeting to raise awareness locally. The best way to do this is in a local venue, advertising locally by putting up posters and sending a press release to local newspapers and radio. A good set up is a panel discussion. Some of the points the speakers could cover are:

  • The main points in the application for a prospecting licence – what townlands does it cover, what company has made the application, and what mineral(s) are they prospecting for. 
  • The health, environmental and social problems with mining for local communities and counter mining companies’ claims that mining brings jobs and development for local areas. 
  • The aspects of the local area which need to be protected from mining: clean water, clean air, local jobs and industry like farming and tourism, etc.
  • A speaker from a community group already resisting mining could speak about the strategies the group has used to counteract the power of the mining company and challenge the government’s facilitation of mining companies.
  • Contact us if you would like support in organising a public meeting.

It would be good to alert people locally that as the legislation currently stands (2023), prospectors do not have the right to prospect on land without the landowner’s permission, either North or South.

If you’ve set up a community group and want to get involved in CAIM

The network hosts monthly online meetings for member groups to connect and provide peer support. Please email info[at] if you’d like to join. 

If you want to get informed…

…on mining and resistance to it in Ireland

…on problems with mining

  • Browse this detailed research from Catapa
  • Read the report by the Transnational Institute and London Mining Network ‘Smoke and Minerals: How the mining industry plans to profit from the energy transition’

…on alternatives to mining

  • Read War on Want’s report ‘A Material Transition: Exploring supply and demand solutions for renewable energy minerals’
  • Read Catapa’s report ‘A Just(ice) Transition is a Post-Extractive Transition’
  • Review these resources and video on the Rights of Nature from Environmental Justice Network Ireland
  • Read this report detailing how we can reduce mining for ‘green’ transportation, and also increase mobility
  • Check out Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary, outlining a huge range of initiatives that don’t rely on exploitative extraction, from agroecology to solidarity economies.

…on strategies for resisting mining companies

  • Read the guide from Yes to Life, No to Mining on ‘Basic Principles for Protecting your Community from Extractive Industries’
  • Read Mining Watch Canada’s report on Protecting Your Community From Mining and Other Extractive Operations A Guide for Resistance

…on legal issues

Communities Against the Injustice of Mining (CAIM)

is an all-island network of and for communities affected

by and resisting prospecting and extraction. We are

a protective circle standing up for a life-sustaining world.