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 (...)

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(...)