A North West MEP says forestry is destroying communities in Leitrim.
Marian Harkin says the county now has the second highest acreage of forestry in the country, just behind Wicklow.
She says that when land is planted under current regulations, it really results in the land never again beingh brought back to support food production.
And this, she says, happens without any concern for the communities affected.
A meeting on the issue is being organised by the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers’ Association in the Bush Hotel in Carrick on Shannon on Friday, January 19th.
Speaking to Ocean FM News, Marian Harkin gave this example of how forestry is affecting local communities in Leitrim: