O'Reilly, Joe

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 188 Nbr. 14


Order of Business.

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Forestry Issues: Statements.

I join in the general welcome extended to the Minister of State. We served together on an Oireachtas committee some years ago to good effect. We must be concerned about the statistic that 10% of ...More Button

We must also put more emphasis on native tree species. We may have an over-reliance on non-native softwood species. These are falling in price and, in some instances, are being imported more chea...More Button

We need to put more emphasis on regular felling, which is not happening in our forests. There needs to be more regular thinning and there should be an outlet for that. Pellet burners are an obvio...More Button

We should be promoting hardwoods. Afforestation contributes so much to absorbing carbon emissions. I understand that it saves approximately €200 million annually in respect of carbon emissio...More Button

Senator Ellis mentioned the fact that fellings are taking place and are not being replaced, particularly by the State agency. I agree with him because I have witnessed it on occasions. I suggest ...More Button

The climate change element is very important. If we are to reach the proposed level of emissions and the European target of a 20% reduction for 2020, it will take a combination of strategies, of w...More Button

At the risk of sounding parochial, there is a very beautiful area called Castle Lake at Bailieborough where I live. While these matters are local, they have national relevance. The Dun an R&iacut...More Button

There is enormous potential for areas like Castle Lake in Bailieborough and Dun an Rí Forest Park to be resources for a local community, particularly in terms of health considerations and mo...More Button

The IFA has made a number of recommendations to Mr. Malone’s inquiry. I understand it is proposing that it should not be obligatory to reforest after the life of a forest has expired. I sug...More Button

A green forest payment as an extra incentive in the context of the expenditure that will be necessary to reach our Kyoto Protocol targets needs examination. A green forest payment and the removal ...More Button

I hope the Minister of State will accept my invitation to Castle Lake in Bailieborough to look at it as a practical example of what has already been achieved by Coillte. It is a resource that is g...More Button

Economic Outlook: Motion.

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