Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Sale of Trees in Moorepark.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will state the cause of the long delay in giving effect to the decision to sell trees in Moorepark already marked for sale as firewood.

The extent to which further felling of trees at Moorepark for use as firewood might be permitted is being examined by the Forestry Division of the Department of Lands and pending their decision none of the trees which have been provisionally marked can be disposed of.

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that this matter has been going on for two years and that no firewood has been given to the people at Kilworth who are badly in need of it particularly owing to the increased cost of other kinds of fuel? I would respectfully suggest that the Parliamentary Secretary would give immediate attention to this matter.

I do not know that any firewood was given other than windfalls since 1944 when a number of trees were cut up and given to the parish council and the Fermoy Urban Council who distributed it to the poor of the town.

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the windfalls that were given were in the most inaccessible part of Moore Park and the cost of their removal would not be justified?

Anyway we must await the decision of the Forestry Division.