Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (996)

Michael Creed

Question:

996. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a forestry licence application by a person (details supplied); if the application requires an ecology report; if the report will be provided by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8006/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application for a tree felling licence was received in January 2020 for the person named and has been referred to my Department’s Ecology Unit. The application site is near seven designated sites including the Killarney National Park 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.

If the applicant wishes, and at their own expense, they may provide a Natura Impact Statement (NIS). The NIS must be prepared by a suitably qualified person. A NIS can considerably reduce the time taken to assess the application, as once received, the NIS will be examined by an ecologist within two to three months and a decision will issue once the assessment of the application is complete.