It has taken FIE 8 months and two sets of Parliamentary Questions by Independent TD Clare Daly to force the Minister for Agriculture to open an investigation of forestry activities in an ancient woodland in County Longford.
30 mature specimen oaks of veneer quality were felled in spite of a specific condition protecting them in the license, as were sequoias of up to 100 years old. A condition imposed by the Parks and Wildlife Service that the 7 hectare area where the oaks stood was to replanted only with broadleaves was ignored and the entire area planted with Sitka spruce.
A report by the National Parks and Wildlife Service confirming the felling of the protected oaks produced to inform a Parliamentary Reply to a written question about the felling in December 2015 was never provided to the Deputy who asked the question and was never reported by the NPWS to the Forest Service.
Full Press Release
Full text of PQs
May 2016 FIE PR on Felling During Bird Breeding Season at Castleforbes
The Village Magazine: ‘Castleforboding’, November 2016