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Sopwell Hall Estate,  Co Tipperary.

“A piece of heaven,” is how Michael Ramsden describes his home of 35 years. “You cannot hear a thing at night, there is no sound, light or air polluti(...)

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(...)

Photograph: iStock

The timber industry is at “breaking point” with thousands of jobs at “imminent risk”, the boss of State-owned forestry business Coillte has warned, as(...)

A report by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) says planning decisions need to be made faster if the scale of renewable energy expansion in a very tight timeframe is to be realised. File photograph: Reuters

Ireland will miss the Climate Action Plan’s target of achieving 70 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 “because of a broken plannin(...)

An elm tree. Drawing: Michael Viney

The trees of my youth were urban and majestic. They loomed over parks and pavements and grand civic spaces. Hurrying about, one was aware of dark trun(...)

Coillte said  its timber supply for the remainder of 2020 and 2021 is “under severe threat due to the delays in processing of appeals, which has led to a significant backlog”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Coillte has warned the Government that it could run out of timber to sell off before the end of the year, leading to thousands of job losses across th(...)

The Dublin Mountains Makeover, which is being undertaken by Coillte Nature, specifically targets forests close to the densest population centre in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Restoration – the word brings to mind glossy dark-wood furniture or big old Georgian manor houses. The antique chair may no longer perform the functio(...)

Trade publication Private Equity International has said that ‘Carlyle itself and the private equity giant’s founders are understood to have committed to the fund’.

Backers including Bank of Ireland and the State are reported to have put €115 million into a new fund launched in the Republic by former employees of (...)

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