Location: Flemings Hotel. Private meeting.
"The percentage of the area of Ireland under woodland was the least of any country before the war, and during the war fifteen years of the twenty years' supply has gone. Ireland is now worse off in this respect than any other inhabited country in the world with the exception of Ireland. It will be the duty of the Dáil to find a remedy for this condition of affairs.
Demands for fuel and timber during the First World War resulted in a reduction to the forest estate.