Government accused of failing to address ‘urgent appeals crisis’ in timber industry

Irish sawmills are now anticipating they will run out of timber by the end of September, which could have a significant impact on the construction industry

30th July, 2020
Government accused of failing  to address ‘urgent appeals crisis’ in timber industry
Representatives of the Irish timber industry say it is in crisis as felling licences are taking up to two years to come through, due to a large number of appeals. Picture: Getty

A Department of Agriculture plan to rescue the timber industry has been criticised by sector representatives as being “a day late and a dollar short”.

Worth €2.3 billion to the economy and employing 12,000 people, the forestry sector relies on licences issued by the Department of Agriculture for trees to be planted and felled.

The industry is currently in a “crisis” as felling licences are taking up to two years to come through, due...

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