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‘You couldn’t overstate the level of anxiety in the industry’

Appeals blamed for costly backlog of felling licences

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Dan Foran and Michael Sweeny watching spruce being loaded at Dans farm for delivery to Graingers sawmills

Dan Foran and Michael Sweeny watching spruce being loaded at Dans farm for delivery to Graingers sawmills

Dan Foran and Michael Sweeny watching spruce being loaded at Dans farm for delivery to Graingers sawmills

There are around a million cubic metres of saw logs tied up in a backlog of felling licences due to appeals, according to Forestry Industries Ireland. Mark McAuley, director of the IBEC body, which represents forestry companies, said around 1,800 files are awaiting assessment for licences to be granted.

The backlog, he says, has built up over the past year, and he warned that saw mills will run out of logs in October, having a direct impact on timber merchants and the building and construction sectors.


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