Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Planting of County Clare Lands.

Mr. P. Hogan

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state whether any decision has yet been reached in respect of the proposed planting of the stretch of mountain and moor at Cregg, Derryoran, Balahinch, Boleynagough and Derrycon, on the lands of Cooper, Hibbard and Martin, at Whitegate, County Clare.

Most of the land offered for forestry purposes in the district to which the Deputy refers appears to be of very doubtful value for planting purposes. Offers have however been made to four tenants for the purchase of parcels of their holdings totalling in all about 80 acres. Up to the present, three of the tenants have agreed to accept the prices offered by the Department and negotiations are proceeding with the fourth person concerned. It is hoped to complete at an early date the valuation of certain other lands offered for sale in this district and to issue offers to purchase.

Mr. Hogan

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that during the Great War a reasonably extensive forest was cut in that district, and that the timber so cut was exported for use in the trenches? If the district was able to grow timber at that time, it ought to be able to grow timber now.

I can only assume that the lands referred to in my answer are not the same as those from which timber was cut during the war. I might also inform the Deputy that a big area has already been planted in that locality.