Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Wexford Forestry Land.

Thursday, 20 June 1968

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 235 No. 10

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69.

Sir Anthony Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  asked the Minister for Lands the amount of land held by the Forestry Branch of his Department in County Wexford; the pool of land available for future planting; and if such a pool guarantees full maintenance of present employment.

Mr. Faulkner: Information on Padraig Faulkner  Zoom on Padraig Faulkner  The total productive area held by the Forestry Division of my Department in County Wexford on 31st March, 1968 was 19,098 acres of [1506] which 16,612 acres were under woods and plantations leaving a reserve of 2,486 acres nominally available for planting. The extent of the plantable reserve is only one of the factors influencing employment and any given level of plantable reserve could not of itself be regarded as affording a guarantee of maintaining employment.

Sir Anthony Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Can the Minister give a guarantee that those who are at present employed in forestry in County Wexford will have continuity of employment?

Mr. Faulkner: Information on Padraig Faulkner  Zoom on Padraig Faulkner  I have already explained to the Deputy, in reply to a specific question he put down, that the extent of the plantable reserve is only one factor and it cannot be taken on its own as affording a guarantee of retaining employment.

Sir Anthony Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Could the Minister help me by telling me what the other factors are?

Mr. Faulkner: Information on Padraig Faulkner  Zoom on Padraig Faulkner  Some of the factors which affect employment are the increased use of machinery and the increased use of chemicals: they are factors.

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  Shortage of money?

Mr. Faulkner: Information on Padraig Faulkner  Zoom on Padraig Faulkner  No, not shortage of money. The ones I have mentioned are the principal factors, I would say. We are endeavouring to acquire more land under a new price structure which will, I hope, be successful.

Sir Anthony Esmonde: Information on Anthony Charles Esmonde  Zoom on Anthony Charles Esmonde  I appreciate the Minister's answer, but he will note from my question that I am endeavouring to find out if there is likely to be continuity of employment for those presently employed and can he give me a reassuring reply to that question?

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  He cannot.

Mr. Faulkner: Information on Padraig Faulkner  Zoom on Padraig Faulkner  I will do my utmost to ensure this but it is a difficult matter and I cannot give a specific answer.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  They may emigrate to England.

The Dáil adjourned at 3.45 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 25th June, 1968.


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