29 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Local forester Gerard Dunne stated a social media protest at the Monaghan constituency office of Government Minister Heather Humphreys this week calling for enhanced supports to enable the forest sector surmount its current challenges. The protest was one of a series of similar actions at the offices of Government Ministers and TDs across the country organised by SEEFA or the Social, Economic, Environmental Forestry Association of Ireland.

SEEFA is an alliance of private industry professionals who are currently lobbying the Government to” fulfil its obligations to maintain employment for more than 12,000 people in the sector which has been devastated by a backlog in the granting of afforestation and felling licences.”

Green Belt forester Mr Dunne said he was protesting at the Government’s neglect of the Irish forestry sector. He said it was time for Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue TD and the Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity Senator Pippa Hackett to “wake up”. “We need root and branch reform of the forestry sector and the Department of Agriculture,” Mr Dunne stated. He added that Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD was on the world stage talking about climate change at a time when in Ireland it had never been as difficult to plant a tree…

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