Kavanagh, Liam

Thursday, 12 June 1986

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 367 No. 10

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Private Afforestation.

The operation of the various measures introduced under the western package, including the scheme of forestry grants, is at present being reviewed by the EC Commission. In that connection I have made ...More Button

Lack of promotion had a lot to do with the small takeup. In November 1985, therefore, the Department launched a campaign — it cost £80,000 — and as a result we had 576 inquiries about grants in Octobe...More Button

The Deputy should remember that we have not been in Government continuously since 1981. The Deputy's party were there when the scheme was begun and perhaps the lack of publicity started then. When th...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Timber Supplies.

The supply of sawlog currently available from State forests represents about 60 per cent of the capacity of Irish sawmills and that imbalance will not be totally eliminated until well into the next de...More Button

The Department are putting on the market all materials available from State forests. The volume of timber has increased gradually consistent with good silviculture practices and it is estimated that ...More Button

That is not the reason for the shortfall. As I have explained, the capacity in the sawmilling industry is way beyond what is available. I have indicated what will be available for this year and next...More Button

I shall be answering a question later with regard to Northern Ireland and perhaps the Deputy will be satisfied with the information I shall give.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Timber Exports to Northern Ireland.

In so far as my Department are concerned, the extent to which information is available on the amount and value of timber exported to Northern Ireland relates only to timber sold from State forests to ...More Button

As I said in the last line of my reply, most of this timber was sold by tender and I assume it was in standing forests.More Button

While I accept the good intention behind the Deputy's question, when timber is sold by tender the purchaser has the option of retrieving the timber from the forests either by methods such as those sug...More Button

There is evidence that some firms in the Republic are selling timber to the North but I cannot give the quantities involved. From the information we have I do not believe it is very extensive. Never...More Button

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I have given the figures for the two years mentioned in the question, but in 1982, 90,000 m³ of timber were sold to the North at a value of £1,317,000 and in 1980 2,500 m³ were sold. The figures for ...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Timber Industry.

I understand that the committee have met on five occasions since their inaugural meeting on 27 March last. I have not yet received a report from the committee and pending receipt of such I do not wis...More Button

The terms of reference of the ad hoc committee are to examine and investigate the problems that have arisen recently in regard to the sale of timber from State forests to sawmills South and North of t...More Button

I think the Deputy is making conclusions on the outcome of the report before even I have got the conclusions. I do not intend with, I understand, only a short time for the committee to report to me, ...More Button

I do not agree that that is accurate. Of the amount of timber purchased by sawmillers here under the tender system of whatever, only a very small proportion is exported North of the Border. This is ...More Button

This is exactly why I set up this ad hoc committee, to determine exactly what the differences are between the competitiveness of North and South sawmillers. That is what the committee will report to ...More Button

I had the inaugural meeting with the committee. I would not presume to interfere with their operation, having set up the committee for a specific purpose. As soon as they are in a position to produc...More Button

Written Answers. - Development of Private Forestry.

I am aware of the financial and taxation incentives available for the development of private forestry in the UK. While some of the grants available under the UK forestry grant scheme are higher than ...More Button

Written Answers. - County Donegal Pier.

A proposal to provide a slipway at Portmore pier, Malin Head, County Donegal has recently been received from Donegal County Council. An engineering report and estimate of cost will be required in orde...More Button

Written Answers. - Kerry Amenity Scheme.

I have considered the Deputy's request but I find that it is not feasible to have an amenity scheme carried out at present at Ballyseedy Wood. Question No. 25 re-entered for oral reply.More Button

Written Answers. - Illegal Fishing.

The vessels in question were arrested for alleged illegal mackerel fishing by the Scottish authorities on 13 December 1985, after the latter had been notified by the EC Commission in Brussels that the...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Promotion.

I am happy to say that as part of the campaign to offset the downturn in US traffic this year Bord Fáilte recently allocated an additional £100,000 towards increased promotional activity in the Britis...More Button

Written Answers. - County Donegal Pulpwood Industry.

There are no plans for the development of a further pulpwood based industry anywhere in the country at present. I would, however, be hopeful that supplies of pulpwood thinnings and sawmill residues i...More Button

Written Answers. - Damage to Crops.

While I am aware of complaints from time to time of damage caused to crops by deer, there is no evidence to suggest that it is widespread. Where such damage is being caused, it is open to the owner or...More Button

Written Answers. - Donadea (Kildare) Forest Park.

Work on the toilets in Donadea Forest Park is in progress at present. The contract is due to be completed by the end of August 1986.More Button

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