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The price of timber likely to increase 6-8 per cent in September, it has been predicted. Photograph: iStock

Fears of job losses in forestry are growing as industry figures say that enough timber to build up to 50,000 homes is caught in a two-year planning lo(...)

Connemara

Autumn is a terrific time for a staycation, with the countryside golden and the weather mild enough to enjoy it. It’s a lovely quiet time to visit mus(...)

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 (...)

Some of the country’s most scenic locations have attracted illegal dumping. File photograph: The Irish Times

A Government campaign to stop Ireland’s beauty spots becoming litter “hot spots” is under way in response to the surge in illegal dumping during the c(...)

Camping   on the Ring of Kerry. You might be surprised how much you enjoy a few nights of wild camping far away from civilization. Photograph: iStock

With the ending of lockdown, and the easing of restrictions, the idea of venturing into the world again is enough to make most of us giddy. A wal(...)

Liam Kavanagh, MD of The Irish Times, presents the Top 1000 Distinguished Leader in Business award to Breege O’Donoghue of Primark at last year’s Irish Times Business Awards. Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Some of the country’s leading business people and companies have been selected for the third annual Irish Times Business Awards, which are being held (...)

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(...)

Save the Hellfire group protesting against the development by South Dublin County Council and Coillte, at the Hellfire club in Dublin in 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Local groups who opposed the development of a €15 million visitor centre at Dublin’s Hell Fire club have described An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the (...)

Brittas Bay beach in Co Wicklow on Monday, the hottest day of the year so far. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Monday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures exceeding 27 degrees in the west of the country. Temperatures reached 27.1 degrees in(...)

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