Written Answers. - Regional Development.

Tuesday, 22 March 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 440 No. 4

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  294.  Mr. E. Kenny  Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   his objective, in so far as Coillte is concerned, in regard to regional development in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  It is my policy to ensure that the forestry sector as a whole develops in a way which will achieve an overall balance of benefit throughout Ireland. The Deputy will be interested to note that this aspect will be specifically addressed in the strategic plan for the development of the forestry sector to this year 2015 which is currently being prepared. I can assure the Deputy that Coillte will play an important and constructive role in the achievement of the regional policy objective for forestry.

  295.  Mr. E. Kenny  Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   his objective, in so far as Teagasc is concerned, in regard to regional development in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  In so far as regional development may be taken to include rural development, for which I have responsibility, my objective is to maximise the contribution which state agencies at local level can make to this process.

In the case of Teagasc, that organisation's functions in relation to the provision of advice, education, training and research in agriculture includes rural development.

In this regard, Teagasc had a role in promoting the farm diversification measures under the operational programme for rural development and in providing training opportunities for those involved in rural development intitiatives. Its staff are also participating in a number of the groups operating the Leader programme.


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