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Safety helmets may be needed as Ireland set to start own oil industry

Ireland could be in need of plenty of safety helmets and other Personal protective equipment soon for oil rig workers after the huge scale of a hydrocarbon find off the Cork coast was confirmed.

Providence Resources, a joint British and Irish company, said the recent find at Barryhoe could produce as many as 280 billion barrels of oil.

Providence chief executive Tony O'Reilly Jnr told BBC Northern Ireland's Good Morning Ulster programme: "The great news today is that Barryroe is on a path towards development,"

This could be the start of an Irish oil industry as it makes sense to transport the fuel to the Irish mainland.

Providence is now seeking partners to help it develop and exploit the resource, which could see oil rigs being built soon in the Irish Sea.

Maintaining health and safety is vital in an industry dealing with many potential dangers.

The UK Health and Safety Executive revealed in August that standards are continuing to rise in the North Sea, as oil and gas leaks continued falling in 2011-12.

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