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 (...)

A rise in construction materials costs is the latest setback to hit the industry. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The snow that literally froze Texas and Louisiana in February has unexpectedly turned up the heat on Irish builders returning after a sustained Covid-(...)

While Ministers will be told that operating cashflow is still healthy, the company is facing fundamental challenges caused by licensing backlog. File photograph: Getty Images.

Profits at Coillte, the commercial forestry semi-state, halved last year as the company was forced to borrow tens of millions of euros amid a crisis c(...)

Delays in processing forestry licences have held up timber production. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Government officials are issuing fewer than half the new forestry licences needed to tackle an ongoing squeeze in timber supplies, industry figures wa(...)

Coillte has warned of a high risk of fire as dry and sunny conditions set in for the weekend, adding that the fire risk would peak on Sunday, April 4th. Photograph: iStock

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has issued a status orange high forest fire warning for the Easter bank holiday weekend and is call(...)

Coillte chief executive Imelda Hurley: We’ll remember Covid but we’ll talk about the licensing crisis. Photograph: Fennell Photography

For Coillte chief executive Imelda Hurley, the challenges posed over the last year by Covid and Brexit pale in comparison to a crisis the State forest(...)

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan at North Bull Island, in Dublin: ‘These habitats are the jewels in the crown of Ireland’s natural heritage.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A total of €1.38 billion will be required for habitat and species protection and restoration in Ireland up to 2027, according to a framework document (...)

Industry figures say delays in processing licence applications and appeals have halted tree felling and planting. Photograph: iStock

A Government push to clear forestry licence backlogs will not include plans to narrow the grounds for challenging these permits, according to Minister(...)

Licensing delays at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have slowed tree felling and planting, creating a shortage of timber for sawmills and ultimately housebuilding.

Farmers and foresters have joined forces to demand that Minister of State for Agriculture, Pippa Hackett, tackles the crisis in the Republic’s timber(...)

 A forestry plantation at Sally Gap, Co Wicklow. Just 2,300 hectares were planted last year, 3,400 in 2019 and 4,200 in 2018

Planting licence delays threaten the forestry industry’s long-term future and Government policy, leading figures in the business warned at the weekend(...)

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