Written Answers. - Forestry Employment.

Thursday, 9 May 1974

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 272 No. 8

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Mr. B. Desmond: Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  asked the Minister for Lands if he will furnish particulars of forest employment and redundancies at 31st March in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 for each province, indicating the number employed at the end of each year and the number retired or made redundant during each year.

Minister for Lands (Mr. T.J. Fitzpatrick,: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Cavan): The number of workers employed at State forests in each province on 31st March in each year was as follows:

Leinster Munster Connaucht Ulster
1971 1,056 1,326 607 354
1972 950 1,186 574 300
1973 900 1,131 544 268
1974 882 1,063 538 255

Leinster Munster Connaucht Ulster
Retired Redundant Retired Redundant Retired Redundant Retired Redundant
1971 21 14 19 38 11 18 3 7
1972 28 55 28 96 11 20 4 58
1973 22 12 26 16 13 2 5 19
1974 16 8 29 12 6 6 1 9

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Mr. B. Desmond: Information on Barry Desmond  Zoom on Barry Desmond  asked the Minister for Lands if his Department made any representations to the appropriate EEC institutions prior to the publication of the proposed Council directive on forestry advocating that this directive should apply to public and private forestry operations in Ireland in view of the declining employment prospects and the growing importance of timber; and if he will state the nature of such representations.

Minister for Lands (Mr. T.J. Fitzpatrick,: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Cavan): The special position of State afforestation in Ireland has been stressed in the course of discussion with representatives of the EEC both before and since the publication of the proposal for a directive on forestry. The proposal is still under examination and discussion.


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