“The urgency and gravity of our industry’s situation cannot be overstated; we are on the brink,” a letter to the Taoiseach said. Photograph: Getty Images

The forestry industry in Ireland is in a “full-scale crisis”, with 12,000 jobs in rural Ireland under threat, a lobbying group for the sector has told(...)

Coillte chief executive Imelda Hurley will warn TDs and Senators on Tuesday that a backlog in  appeals for forestry felling licences has ‘seriously challenged the sector through this year’. File photograph: Getty Images.

A “crisis” in the forestry sector has cost jobs and more are at risk, semi-State company Coillte will warn TDs and Senators on Tuesday. In her openin(...)

Coillte cancelled a yearly auction, normally held in October, at which sawmills bid for about half the wood they need for the succeeding year. Photograph: iStock

Supplies of wood needed for home building from State company Coillte are set to dry up next year as a planning crisis that grips commercial forests de(...)

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(...)

IFA president Tim Cullinan: Farmers feel increasingly like powerless spectators in the management of their own forests, locked into forestry under the replanting obligation without recourse. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

The timber shortages resulting from the forest licence backlog continues to threaten the Irish forestry industry, which in normal circumstances export(...)

Niall Grainger, managing director of GP Wood in Cork,  watches timber imported from Germany being unloaded at Passage West, Co  Cork. Photograph: Brian Lougheed

Sawmiller GP Wood imported 100 truckloads of timber from Europe this week to combat a looming shortage in the Republic. The Oireachtas has just passe(...)

The legislation will change the way appeals lodged against felling licences are handled and allow the Forestry Appeals Committee to increase in size and to hear more than one appeal at a time. Photograph: iStock

The Cabinet has approved a series of forestry sector reforms aimed at reducing a logjam in the processing of appeals of tree felling licence applicati(...)

Forestry Industry Ireland estimates that the failure to tackle a backlog of licence appeals stretching back two years now threatens to leave the Republic short of timber needed to build new homes. Photograph: iStock

Most of the 8,800 submissions on proposals to streamline forestry licence appeals favour changing the law, it has emerged. The sawmilling industry bl(...)

Fergal Moran of CJ Sheeran Group: “We need to have a competitive source of Irish timber to remain competitive ourselves.”

The State’s largest manufacturer and recycler of timber pallets has increasingly been forced to import timber as a result of a shortage of the product(...)

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