Review of forestry
Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the
Department of Agriculture, Food and the
Marine, with responsibility for forestry, has
announced his intention to commission an
external review of his Department's forestry
approvals process. The Minister of State made the
announcement at a recent meeting of the Forestry
Programme Implementation Group in Dublin.
The Implementation Group was established by
Minister of State Doyle in May 2018 to monitor
the implementation of the National Forestry
Programme and its group comprises the forestry
sector, state organisations and the Environmental
Pillar. At the meeting Minister Doyle confirmed
that he has commissioned Mr. Jim Mackinnon
CBE, former Chief Planner with the Scottish
Government, to analyse the process undertaken by
the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
in the approval of forestry planting applications.
It is expected that the review would be completed
by end-2019 and there will be an opportunity for
all stakeholders to input to the review when it gets
underway. Minister of State Doyle commented:
"I have seen a similar analysis carried out by Mr.
Mackinnon for the Scottish Government on the
approval process in Scotland, the results of which
appeared to assist in terms of increased afforestation
levels. I believe that it will be useful for an external
party to conduct this review so that we can ensure
our process is efficient and effective and continues
to meet the expectations of all stakeholders."
Ladies Day at Listowel
Two of Ireland's best known personalities - TV Stylist and
business woman, Celia Holman Lee and TV Stylist and
Presenter, Marietta Doran have been announced as the
judges of the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day, which will be
held on Friday 13th of September on the penultimate day
of the annual seven-day Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.
One of the most popular events on the Irish racing and
fashion calendar, the McElligotts Honda Best Dressed
Lady will win an all new and super stylish Honda Civic for
a year plus a cheque for 3,000.
This is the fourth year McElligotts Tralee and Honda
Ireland have sponsored this hugely successfully fashion
event which attracts over 28,000 stylish race-goers from
all over Ireland and beyond. Ladies Day is one of the many
highlights at the annual 7 day Listowel Harvest Racing
Festival which this year runs from Sunday 8th to Saturday
14th of September 2019.