Mark Mccauley

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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(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Lola Petticrew and Bronagh Gallagher in A Bump Along the Way

Every now and then a small Irish film creeps up from nowhere and grabs a bit of unexpected, but deserved, attention. Beneficiary of a Northern Ireland(...)