Imelda Hurley

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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 (...)

Operating profit at Coillte fell more than 50% to €29m last year from €63.3m in 2019, the company confirmed on Friday.

Investments in a subsidiary and a proposed energy deal with ESB boosted borrowings at State forestry company Coillte last year. Coillte confirmed on (...)

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(...)

At one point last year sawmills estimated that  forestry licensing delays had stalled the production of 1.1m cubic metres of wood, enough timber to build 50,000 new homes

Construction timber costs are rising following a shortage in supplies sparked by forestry licensing delays. Tree-felling, planting and building roads(...)

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(...)

Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Forestry, and Imelda Hurley, chief executive of Coillte, launch the Dublin Mountains Makeover project in Ticknock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

The Dublin Mountains are undergoing a facelift which will see autumnal colours from native trees increasingly replacing the green associated with domi(...)

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(...)

Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons has been named the most influential Irish chief executive on LinkedIn. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tourism Ireland boss Niall Gibbons is the most influential Irish chief executive on LinkedIn, according to a new ranking by the Reputations Agency. (...)

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(...)

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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