Following this week’s comments in the Oireachtas by the Coillte that they are ‘engaging with’ IFA, the IFA’s National Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming has clarified the extent of the engagement.
“An IFA delegation met with Coillte in late January 2023 to outline farmers deep concerns with regards to Coillte’s afforestation plans as set out in their Strategic Vision and in particular their engagement with forestry fund managed by Gresham House,” Jason Fleming said.
“At that meeting we invited Coillte to attend a public meeting to provide a forum for farmers to engage with Coillte in relation to the investment fund and their future plans. However there has been no further engagement with Coillte,” he said.
“While we are disappointed that they have not agreed to such a meeting, the invitation stands,” he said.