Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Community Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has welcomed the announcement by the Government that it has reversed its decision sale to sell Coillte’s harvesting rights.
Deputy Ó Cuív said the Government finally decided to listen to reason and perform a U-turn on the “ridiculous” proposal.
“I am glad that the Government has listened to people who have knowledge of the forest and timber industry. This was always a stupid proposal, it became obvious when this issue was examined, even at a cursory level.
“Selling the harvesting rights for Coillte would have been devastating for the timber industry and the growing rural recreation industry. This would have also been contrary to an integrated approach for the development of the forestry and ecology sector. There is now an enhanced opportunity to develop the use of the very valuable Coillte lands.
“This was the second ridiculous proposal from Government in relation to the sale of state assets that they have rowed back on. The first proposal was the plan to sell shares in ESB. This would have removed a basic level of infrastructure from public ownership. Undaunted, the Government came up with proposals in relation to Coillte, thankfully in this case they had to submit to the power of careful analysis.
“It is important that this Government stops wasting Oireachtas time on badly thought out proposals that have not even received cursory examinations.”