Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006

Advances by Minister for mine rehabilitation plans, etc.

25.— (1) For the purposes of─

(a) a mine rehabilitation plan, or

(b) a mine rehabilitation plan which forms part of a project under section 46 (which relates to advances by the Minister for the purpose of marine or natural resource based tourism or heritage projects) of the Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act 2000 ,

the Minister may, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, from time to time advance to a person (including a local authority acting on its own behalf or as agent of the Minister) out of monies provided by the Oireachtas such sums, by way of grant or loan (where appropriate), as the Minister may determine and upon such terms and conditions as he or she considers necessary.

(2) Where before the passing of this Act a local authority undertook work as an agent for the Minister in respect of the site of a former mine, which work was undertaken in accordance with a project similar in nature to a mine rehabilitation plan, then such work shall, for the purposes of subsection (1), be deemed to be work under a mine rehabilitation plan.