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Forestry Sector

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 January 2021

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Questions (892)

Alan Dillon


892. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 162 of 4 November 2020, if his Department's engineering staff assessed this additional information received (details supplied); if there has been a decision made on this ongoing case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3918/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The contract specified was approved under the Forest Road Scheme subject to compliance with scheme Terms and Conditions. The first grant application has been received by my Department, but payment could not be made because several shortcomings in the construction of the road were identified during an inspection by the relevant District Inspector.

On foot of these shortcomings, a technical report, completed by a competent Engineer, was requested to confirm the load bearing capacity and mechanical strength of the road and what, if any, additional material was required to meet Forest Service standards. Following receipt of this report, the District Inspector as well as my Department’s Engineering staff assessed the additional information received and have now requested that remedial work be undertaken. The date by which the remedial work is to be completed is 30/04/2021.

This decision has been communicated to the applicant and his registered forester.