Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Public Accounts Committee

2018 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Chapter 10 - Forestry Grants

9:00 am

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

There was also mention of Sitka spruce, this monoculture afforestation, which seems to be prolific in those counties as well. I commend the changes that encourage more broadleaf plantation. I have only a minute remaining and I am going to stick to my time. Perhaps Mr. Gleeson could provide a detailed note as to exactly what the Department is going to do to in response to what was in the Comptroller and Auditor General's special report. We may not see it in next year's report or in that for the year after. I accept that the officials have to deal with the challenges. If there is resistance, there is resistance. What I want to see from the Department is what it is going to do about it. I am not hearing that. Maybe a written response could be supplied to the committee. We can reflect on that and maybe respond through correspondence at the next meeting.


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