Found the following story curiously interesting in the context of the threat of ash die back and Coillte's response, in consideration of the possibility or likelihood of Coillte's privatisation as previously discussed on here
So let me get this straight? Imported ash currently accounts for perhaps 70% of Hurley manufacturing, yet our national forestry agency has never envisaged this as heralding a potential growth (excuse the pun!) area ripe for native raw material substitution? Until such time as an artificial market protectionism device brought about through the threat of disease shows that Coillte are actually well capable of meeting near total raw material demand after all?
Does this not smack of deliberate wilfully incompetent operation of a semi state, with an intent far removed from being in the best interests if the country, by market capitalisation and exploitation of our natural resources to the fullest extent possible?
If I wasn't such a cynic, I'd actually believe that Coillte's main intent in recent years,was to make itself appear so totally incompetent, as to have no problem whatsoever in justification of its privatisation!