Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Forestry Policy and Strategy: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Photo of Michael FitzmauriceMichael Fitzmaurice (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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That is four days after Coillte's representatives were in here telling us they would come back to us. Representatives of a semi-State company came in here on 13 December 2022, the Chair will know the date exactly, and informed us that they were so worried about our climate targets they were going to plant 100,000 ha of clean land. Was the Minister surprised that the first deal to be done will involve 8,000 ha being devoted to standing timber which will not be of any benefit to Ireland's mitigation measures? Was the Minister surprised by the two different statements we have heard?