Mark McCauley, director of Forest Industries Ireland, told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture that contractors and hauliers have already lost their jobs because of the crisis. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Agriculture delays in processing forestry licence appeals is costing jobs in the timber industry, politicians heard on Tuesday. The Oir(...)

Politicians last month passed new laws streamlining the forestry licence appeals system. Photograph: iStock

Lobby group Forest Industries Ireland (FII) says there is “zero evidence” that the Department of Agriculture will clear a backlog of tree-felling lice(...)

FII has warned  that the number of appeals against forestry licences, combined with the slow pace at which the committee deals with them, could close sawmills and leave the Republic short of vital timber. Photograph: iStock

Environmentalists oppose Government proposals to charge for forestry licence appeals, while sawmillers want the grounds for such challenges tightened.(...)

Industry figures say the slow progress in dealing with appeals delays timber production for up to two years. Photograph:   Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Objectors have, over the past week, stalled production of enough timber to build about 5,000 homes, it has emerged. It now looks increasingly likely (...)

Brexit is seen as the main challenge to Irish forestry. Photograph: iStock

The State’s forestry industry is likely to invest around €250 million in coming years as it prepares for a period of major expansion. A new trade bod(...)