MEP slams forestry policy

An Independent MEP has blasted Commissioner Phil Hogan on the controversial forestry policy which he says has had serious implications for Co Leitrim.

A forestry report completed in 2017 shows that Leitrim has the highest percentage of forest cover in the country at 18%.

The EU says the main aim of the forestry policy is to serve environmental, social and economic purposes.

A protest against forestry in Leitrim is to take place tomorrow morning outside the Dail.

MEP Luke Ming Flanagan says the policy has seen a large portion of agricultural land in Leitrim planted in Sitka spruce trees.

He says the current forestry strategy is not as environmentally beneficial as it claims to be.