Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
478. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the cost of the Coillte contract for the private hire and use of helicopters for firefighting on Coillte land; the amount spent on the use of helicopters for firefighting purposes by Coillte in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019; the amount budgeted for same by Coillte for 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10139/20]
Coillte is operationally independent of my Department and matters such as the management of their forest estate, are the responsibility of the company.
I have therefore passed the question raised to Coillte for response and direct reply to the Deputy.