Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (997)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

997. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a forestry licence application for a person (details supplied) will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6630/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application for a tree felling licence for the person named was received in September 2018 and has been referred to my Department’s Ecology Unit. The application site is near the River Blackwater SAC. Therefore, the impact of any felling operations on the sites and the surrounding area must be carefully considered before deciding on the licence application.

My Department’s Ecology Unit has completed its report and determination on the site and the file has been returned to the Forestry District Inspector. They will review the ecology reports and will finalise their inspection of the site and make their recommendations. Those recommendations will form part of the decision on the application which will be sent to the person named when available.

I expect this work to be completed within a matter of weeks.