Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Acquisition of Laoighis Land for Afforestation.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the total acreage of land offered to the Department of Forestry by landowners residing in the Wolfhill, Knock and Luggacurran areas of the County of Laoighis during the past two or three years; the acreage already inspected; the acreage, if any, proposed to be acquired for afforestation purposes; and the cause of the delay in dealing with repeated proposals for the establishment of forestry centres in the areas mentioned.

The particulars which the Deputy desires are not readily available, but they will be forwarded to him as soon as they can be ascertained.

Is it a fact that within the last two years approximately an acreage of between 1,500 and 2,000 has been offered by landowners in those areas?

Mr. Boland

I have not sufficient notice of the question. When I get the full facts I will let the Deputy know. I cannot answer it at the moment.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the acreage of land, if any; proposed to be acquired and set aside for afforestation purposes on the Heywood estate (Hutcheson Poë), Ballinakill, County Laoighis.

Mr. Boland

The scheme for the allotment of the lands in question has not yet been completed, so no decision has been made by the Land Commission as to how the lands will be disposed of.