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Minister of State Connick announces opening of Forest Road Scheme during visit to Smartply Waterford

Speaking during a visit to the Smartply facility, in Belview, Waterford, Mr Seán Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for forestry, announced the re-opening of the Forest Road Scheme.

Referring to the Forest Road Scheme, Minister of State Connick said, "I am pleased to announce the re-opening of this particularly important scheme as I am conscious that it is essential to have the proper infrastructure in place to meet the needs of the timber sector".  He added, "the provision of grant aid for the construction of forest roads will facilitate the extraction of timber from the private estate in a cost effective manner to provide the raw material for sawmills and other added value processors such as Smartply".

Referring to the supply of timber the Minister pointed out that the recent damage to forests from land fires could reduce the raw material available for timber processors in local areas.  He once again took the opportunity to caution rural dwellers and visitors to the countryside to act with extreme care and vigilance in relation to land fires.  The Minister said that land fires have caused considerable damage to forest plantations and other private property in recent weeks and he noted that the risk of fires is still high.

Concluding his visit, the Minister of State cited Smartply as an example of an Irish company using home produced raw material in a manufacturing process to generate income for the State by selling its products abroad and supporting 160 jobs in the process at their plant in Belview.

Photo for PR 85/10 - 17.05.2010
Left to Right: Neil Foot, Chief Operations Officer, Coillte Panel Products, Gerard Britchfield M.D., Coillte Panel Products, Pat Trihy, Finance Director, C.P.P., Lindy Duff, Logistics Director, C.P.P., John Gillespie, Assistant Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Minister Sean Connick, TD.

Date Released: 17 May 2010