Offaly Co Council
"Offaly County Council are delighted to be the first local authority in Ireland to have formally adopted a timber purchasing policy. This policy was adapted by Offaly County Council in April 2001 and is underpinned by the principle that timber and wood products sourced by the Council will as soon as is practicable, be independently certified, preferrably by a certifier accredited by The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), or equivalent, as coming from well managed sustainable sources. We believe that by promoting this policy, where practicable, in our public works contracts we are leading by example in the sustainable development of forests both home and abroad." Mr. Niall Sweeney, Offaly County Manager
Offaly Co Council became the first local authority in Ireland to formally adopt a timber purchasing policy in 2001. Unfortunately the policy was never implemented. After some public protest (photo) outside the Council offices and subsequent discussion on the Housing, Social and Cultural Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) an updated DRAFT Timber Policy was submitted by Just Forests to Offaly County Council in January 2009 and is available to download here.