Secure harvesting rights save local jobs

Mike Glennon pictured checking the latest odds as brother Pat waits for the tips on Wednesday last at the 10th Annual Longford GAA Race Day at Punchestown.
Glennon Brothers has said that the selling of Ireland’s harvesting rights would have a detrimental impact on the country’s timber industry.

Glennon Brothers has said that the selling of Ireland’s harvesting rights would have a detrimental impact on the country’s timber industry.

Pat Glennon of Glennon Brothers in Longford town and chairman of the Irish Timber Council, stated that the sale would have resulted in the country’s saw mills “closing overnight”.

His comments follow in the aftermath of the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD that the Government would not proceed with the sale of the country’s harvesting rights “at this time”. “The current focus must be on the restructuring of Coillte, overseen by new ERA and the relevant stakeholder Departments,” he added. Meanwhile, 100 jobs are now safe, for the time being, at least at Glennon Brothers Mill in Longford, and Murray Timber Group in Ballygar. “The Government’s announcement that it is not going ahead right now with any sale of the harvesting rights is a good start; I hope that any future decisions will hopefully be equally positive,” Mr Glennon concluded.