A Department of Agriculture backlog in applications for forestry licences, needed to fell or plant trees, and to build roads to transport logs, is squeezing supplies of timber needed for home building.

Prices for basic timber products have risen more than 60 per cent on the back of a crisis in supplies, Independent TD Michael McNamara claims. A Dep(...)

Global demand for timber is driving up prices for logs.

A crisis in supplies of timber is set to deepen as overseas sources of logs dry up, industry figures warn. Department of Agriculture delays in proces(...)

Gardaí outside the house in Whitechapel Grove, Dublin 15 on Tuesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The man being questioned about the shooting of two Garda members during a siege in a west Dublin housing estate on Tuesday night is a convicted drug d(...)

Glennon Brothers, owner of timber processing plants in Ireland and Scotland, has agreed to buy Co Fermanagh-based Balcas from owner SHV Energy. Photograph: iStock

Sawmill group Glennon Brothers is buying rival Balcas in a deal that will create a business with revenues of almost €270 million. Glennon Brothers, o(...)

Government figures show it has taken almost a year to issue felling licences needed to help meet the Republic’s growing demand for timber. File photograph: Jill Jennings/Forestry Commission/PA

Government figures show it has taken almost a year to issue felling licences needed to help meet the Republic’s growing demand for timber. Delays in (...)

Mike Glennon, of sawmill group Glennon Brothers, predicts that the Republic will have to begin importing timber to build houses. This is despite the 770,000 hectares under forest in the State. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Vast swathes of trees are waiting to be felled in the Republic, but a bureaucratic tangle risks leaving them in the ground and threatening the supply (...)

The delays have forced State forestry company Coillte, which supplies about 75 per cent of the logs that sawmills need, to cancel auctions. Photograph: Getty Images

Housebuilding across Ireland could be undermined as backlogs in the State’s forestry licensing and appeals system risks plunging the industry into cri(...)

Aishling Moloney’s late point earned Tipperary a draw with Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A remarkable performance and late equaliser from Tipperary’s Aishling Moloney earned Shane Ronayne’s side a point as All-Ireland champions Dublin were(...)

Laois’ Paddy O’Sullivan and Shane Walsh of Meath contest the ball during the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup game at  Páirc Tailteann in  Navan. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Meath manager Andy McEntee has claimed that the new advanced mark rule in Gaelic football is unnecessary and only moving the game closer in style to A(...)

Photograph: Glennon Brothers

Irish sawmiller Glennon Brothers is spending more than €15 million at its Scottish plant this year following an investment of €20 million in a flagshi(...)

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