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Fresh calls for forestry system ‘overhaul’ as oak plantations ‘disappear’

Just 45 licences per week are being delivered by the Department of Agriculture

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Just 45 licences per week are being delivered by the Department of Agriculture. Photo: Brian Farrell

Just 45 licences per week are being delivered by the Department of Agriculture. Photo: Brian Farrell

Just 45 licences per week are being delivered by the Department of Agriculture. Photo: Brian Farrell

Fresh calls for a “major overhaul” of the forestry licensing system have been aired by Forest Industries Ireland (FII) as it warns the sector remains in a “very dangerous” position.

With just 45 licences per week being issued by the Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Service – a far cry from the industry requirement of 125 licences per week – FII director Mark McAuley says “little progress” has been made in the last 18 months adding that thousands of jobs are still on the line.


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