Leitrim councillor wants ban on private forestry companies in county

A Leitrim councillor wants a ban on licenses being granted to private companies to plant forestry in the county.

Forestry is a huge concern in the county where Fianna Fail Councillor Justin Warnock says over a thousand acres of land was planted in 2016 alone.

There’s a fear that the scale of afforestation is impacting on local communities.

Councillor Warnock is one of a number of councillor to raise the issue.

The Minister with responsibility for forestery Andrew Doyle was in Leitrim earlier today where he opened the forestry company VEON’s office in Drumshanbo.

Councillor Warnock has called on the Council to write to the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed calling for a ban on issuing these licences.

He told Ocean FM today that he got strong support for his motion: