Navan and Irish Mining
Date:1972 c.
Organisation: Resources Study Group
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Subjects: Natural Resources

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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

20th November 2017

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

This extremely weighty document joins others from the Resources Protection Campaign which grew out of the Resources Study Group in the 1970s. The RSC was established at Trinity College Dublin and campaign for the state to take responsibility for extraction of natural resources. In effect this meant the nationalisation without compensation of private companies in that field.

This document from the early 1970s asks:

Does not the substance of freedom demand economic as well as political democracy? Does not freedom demand the greatest possible utilisation of the country’s natural resources in order to liberate Irish people from poverty, bad housing, continuous high unemployment and inadequate educational facilities?

The RSC asserted three demands:

Nationalisation of the mines and ancillary industries without compensation – except for capital investment by mining companies which has not already been regained from profits.

The establishment of a state exploration/mining/metallurgical company to extract, smelt, process and market the mineral wealth of Ireland.

The establishment of a State company to uncover and develop the natural resources of the country, both marine (including all oil and gas) and on the land.

No precis can do justice to the research contained within. An important document.

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