Ferris slams proposal to sell off Coillte forestry
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Energy, Martin Ferris TD has slammed this morning’s announcement that the government proposes to sell off part of Coillte. In response to questioning in the Dáil the Taoiseach claimed that this would only relate to forestry rather than land assets.
Deputy Ferris said: “I first raised this possibility two years ago when Fianna Fál was in power. Both Labour and Fine Gael promised then and during last year’s election that there would be no sale of any part of Coillte. Once again we have seen that their promises were not worth the paper they were printed on.
“Selling off our forestry, and I suspect that there is more to this than simple harvesting rights, is a disgrace. The forestry was given in trust to the state to care for and develop on behalf of the Irish people. The forestry is a legacy of generations of struggle to reclaim our land from foreign landlords. No Irish government has the right to sell it back without the consent of the people.
“It will also be interesting to see who attempts to buy the forestry given the interest previously expressed by a Chinese corporation in the light of last week’s visit by the Chinese Vice President.”