19 Oct 2020, 14.34
The Joint Committee on Agriculture and the Marine will meet tomorrow where the challenges facing the forestry sector, including Ash Dieback and licensing issues, will be discussed in two separate sessions.
From 4pm, in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House, representatives of the Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd will appear to discuss the issue of Ash Dieback. In the second session from 5pm, representatives from the IFA will be discussing challenges for the forestry sector including Ash Dieback and licensing issues.
Limerick & Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd. was formed as a producer group for private forest owners. The main objective of the group is to maximise returns to forest owners through good forest management. Ash Dieback disease is a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus.
Tomorrow’s second public meeting of this Dáil term, is the first in a series of meetings focused on the forestry sector with IBEC’s Forest Industries Ireland (FII) due before the Committee on Agriculture and the Marine on November 3.
Chair Jackie Cahill, TD, is looking forward to the engagement with the IFA and the Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd.
In advance of the meeting, Chair Cahill said: “While the impact of Brexit and Covid 19 on our Agriculture, Food and Marine sectors will be very significant, this week and over the course of Committee’s next few meetings our focus will be on the forestry sector, practical day-to-day issues and challenges which those who work in the industry face. With that in mind, the perspective of the IFA and the Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd. is most welcome.”
Tomorrow’s meeting in Committee Room 4 can be viewed live on Oireachtas TV.
For more information about the work of the Committee on Agriculture and the Marine, see the Committee webpage