Eoin McGrath
Head, Minerals Programme, Geological Survey Ireland

Eoin McGrath is Head of the Minerals Programme at Geological Survey Ireland. An exploration geologist with a structural background, he did his undergraduate degree at University College Dublin before moving to Norway where he worked with the Norwegian Centre of Excellence - Physics of Geological Processes at the University of Oslo. Having completed a Masters there he moved back to Ireland to work with the Fault Analysis Group at University College Dublin before spending a year working for the Exploration and Mining Division of the Irish government.

Following the time in EMD, Eoin then moved into the private sector, working with Aurum Exploration for the best part of the next decade. His work there took him all over the world searching for new mineral deposits. During his time there he worked on a wide range of commodities across a global range of countries from Africa to the Arctic.

Since he joined the Survey in 2018 his minerals work has centred on further developing the products available to the minerals industry including a new borehole database, an online core scan library and the Geological Survey Ireland and iCRAG update of Irish Carboniferous stratigraphy. Over the coming years his role will focus on delivering Ireland’s response to the European Union’s Critical Raw Materials Act.