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 Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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First, whenever Coillte purchases land the way it manages it is very different from a private farmer or company in that it will be open access. Equally, it is the same with any replanting it does. There is a particular market for replanted land because, as the Deputy will know well, premiums run for the first plantation but whenever the timber is harvested there is a legal obligation to replant the land. There are then no premiums when it is replanted.