28 Jan 2021, 12.30

The Joint Committee on Agriculture and the Marine will meet on Friday from 1pm, to resume its discussion regarding Challenges for the Forestry Sector.

Tomorrow’s meeting in Committee Room 2, watch here,  will hear from Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. This will be the Joint Committee’s fourth meeting on the topic of challenges facing the Forestry Sector, including licensing issues and Ash dieback.

Ahead of the meeting, Chair Jackie Cahill, TD, said: “In recent months we heard from key stakeholders, Forest Industries Ireland, Woodlands of Ireland, Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd and the IFA, and also the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Now, we will explore many of the relevant matters raised with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

“It is fair to say that the impact of Brexit and Covid 19 on our Agriculture, Food and Marine sectors has been significant for the thousands of people employed in it, and the challenges faced by those in the very important Forestry Sector are as important. Licensing issues and Ash dieback are significant issues and challenges which those who work in the industry have faced, in addition to the realities of Covid 19 and Brexit.”

For more information about the work of the Committee on Agriculture and the Marine, see the Committee webpage

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