Merger with Bord na Mona will jeopardise Coillte’s forestry, environmental and social operations

merger of Bord na Mona and Coillte would leave the state forestry
company as a small and relatively weak voice within a much larger
company focused heavily on energy production, according to IMPACT. The
union fears that a rebalancing of company priorities following a merger
would likely divert wood to energy usage rather than maintaining its
most economically-advantageous use. This would seriously weaken
Coillte’s economic base with consequences for its ability to sustain its
social and environmental functions, including access to state forests
for recreation and tourism.