Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Forestry Operations—Kerry.

asked the Minister for Lands whether he is aware of the delay in starting forestry operations at (1) Killacloghane, Milltown; (2) Kilderry, Milltown; (3) Caragh Lake; and whether he is now in a position to come to a decision in the matter.

Operations have commenced in the Caragh Lake area where 43 men are at present employed on a programme of work which includes the planting of 104 acres at Glencar and Glenbeigh.

An area of 82 acres at Killacloghane Wood which was acquired in December, 1953, is too small to warrant the establishment of a separate forest and too remote from the other properties of Killorglin Forest to enable operations to commence there pending the acquisition of further areas. Price agreement has been reached on an offer of 64½ acres at Knockagarrane, Kilderry, and title investigations are proceeding satisfactorily.

Can the Minister urge the Forestry Department to link up this particular district with the Glencar centre, so as to make it possible to get the scheme under way? Is he further aware that I made previous representations with a view to having that included in the Glencar centre and there was a question asked as to the possibility of one scheme applying to both districts—in other words that the man in charge of the Glencar centre could operate the Killacloghane centre from Glencar? Could the Minister see his way to urge the Forestry Department to consider that again?

I will look into the matter again in view of the Deputy's representations.