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Forestry deep in crisis as licensing falls 50pc short of target for sixth straight month

Senator slams ‘frightening’ state of sector

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Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry

Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry

Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry

The Department of Agriculture has failed to meet even half of its targets for the issuing of private forestry licences for a sixth month in a row, the latest official data reveals.

Industry sources say the overall backlog for afforestation, felling and road licences reached 6,300 applications by March 20, including 1,800 forestry licensing applications submitted by Coillte.


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