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Wallace announces Appointment of New Chairperson of Coford

Ms. Mary Wallace T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for forestry, today announced the appointment of Mr. Michael Lynn as Chairperson of the Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD), a state agency under the aegis of her Department.

In announcing the appointment, Minister of State Wallace said that COFORD plays a very important role in the forestry sector through its funding and co-ordination of research and development (R&D) projects, the publication of reports and the hosting of timely and relevant conferences for people involved in forestry and for public information.

Mr. Lynn has been a member of the COFORD Council since July 1999 and is currently the financial director of Woodfab Timber Ltd, which is a timber processing company based in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow. He has also served as Chairman of the Irish Timber Council.

The Minister of State added: "The Council of COFORD, whose members represent various elements within the forestry sector, plays a significant role in forestry research as it gives valuable insight into the current and future needs of the sector and I look forward to the continuation of this important work." She also paid tribute to the work of the previous Chairperson, Mr. David Nevins, for his outstanding contribution to COFORD and forest research and development in general.

Finally, Minister of State Wallace reiterated the importance of forestry to the Irish economy and society generally and referred to the recent approval by the EU Commission of Ireland's Afforestation Programme 2007-2013 as indicative of the Government's commitment to the sector.

26 September 2007

Date Released: 26 September 2007