A local campaign groups says it looks like its fight to prevent mining in west Cavan may not be over.
The Cavan Mining Objection Group was set up last year to protest against Australian Mining Company BMEx PTY Ltd from exploring in the Belturbet-Ballyconnell area.
It was granted a prospecting licence to exploration in west Cavan, however, it later surrendered its licence in April.
There was a prolonged protest campaign in the local area.
The Department of the Environment has responded to a query from the group, saying the another company could be offered the surrendered licence in the not too distant future.