The decision not to sell of harvesting rights on Irish forests shows the public interest comes first, Minister Alan Kelly has said.
“The government has decided after an extended period of consulting with interested groups not to proceed with the sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights. This is decision is in the public interest, and people can know that public access to forests is secured for generations to come.
“While the government needs to raise revenue for investment in jobs and stimulus, our forests must be declared not for sale, and with the decision by Minister Howlin they can be declared safe in public ownership.
“I commend Minister Howlin for his decision. The decision shows the value of having Labour in government, protecting our vital state-owned assets for the people of Ireland to enjoy”.