Just Forests

Press Statement

Date: Sunday 11 September 2011

From: Just Forests,
Co. Offaly,

Mr. Tom Roche, founder and coordinator of Just Forests, an Irish
Non-Governmental Charity, working on forest/timber education projects
was arrested, hand-cuffed, detained in custody and charged with a
“Crimal Offence” at Tullamore Garda Station yesterday, Saturday 10th
September 2011, for allegedly damaging plywood by painting a statement
on the plywood hoarding around Tullamore Town Library building site.

“Why FSC-certified SMART-PLY panelboard, made in Waterford from the
‘thinnings’ of Irish forests and providing much needed Irish jobs was
not used in the hoardings is beyond belief, considering the constant
appeals from all sectors of Irish society that we must create and
sustain Irish jobs,” according to Roche. He goes on to state that
“cheap, throw-away, Chinese plywood, which is often the results of
illegal logging activities has flooded the Irish market in recent

Mr. Roche is to appear at Tullamore District Court on Wednesday 28th
September, at 10.30 A.M., to face charges.