Thursday, 9 May 1974
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. B. 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.
Mr. B. 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,: 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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