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Forestry Sector

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (389)

Jackie Cahill


389. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 229 of 14 October 2021, if dead or dying trees require a tree felling licence; if dead or dying or rotting trees are not exempted trees and a farmer that fells an ash plantation without a felling licence will be subjected to the full legal rigours and implications of section 19 of the Forestry Act 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53875/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

As I mentioned in Parliamentary Question No. 229 of 14th October, 2021, to fell a tree or trees without a valid tree felling licence, unless exempted, is an offence under the Forestry Act.

I also provided common scenarios whereby trees can be felled without the need to submit a tree felling licence application. To be clear, if the felling of dead, dying or rotting trees within an Ash Plantation are part of an application for the Reconstitution and Underplanting Scheme for Ash Dieback, no application for a felling licence is required as these trees are dealt with within this Scheme and as such are exempted under s. 19(1)(c) of the Forestry Act, 2014.

In circumstances where no application is made under the Reconstitution and Underplanting Scheme for Ash Dieback, an applicant felling ash trees within a plantation must apply for a felling licence; if in such circumstances a licence is not applied for the regulatory provisions for non-compliance can apply, as provided for under Section 26 and Section 27 of the Forestry Act 2014.