There has been strong opposition to government plans to sell over 3 million pounds worth of state forests.

According to the Labour Party,

It's not in the interest of the Irish people.

Federated Workers' Union of Ireland (FWUI), who represent one thousand forestry workers, described the move to sell as

A criminal form of assets dripping.

Union of Professional and Technical Civil Servants (UPTCS) says that congress must make this an issue in all future talks with the government on the economy.

Fianna Fáil had been critical of any plans to sell off state assets when it was first suggested back in 1985 on the basis that the private sector would reap the rewards of years of investment by taxpayers. So has the government made a U-turn on the issue? Minister of State for Forestry Michael Smith defends the government's plans stating, 

We are not selling off our forests. We're selling a fraction of our total estate comprising of less than half of one per cent.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 August 1987. The reporter is Michael Lally.