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Forestry Sector

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 18 November 2021

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Questions (355)

Martin Browne


355. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of further information requests issued in relation to forestry licence applications in each of the years 2015 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56819/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department does not routinely keep records of the number of further information requests that issue on forestry licence applications.

Statistics are available for a specific triage exercise recently carried out on a cohort of tree felling licence applications awaiting assessment by an ecologist. This resulted in a batch of further information requests issuing at the end of June, on 420 applications. As approximately half of these requests remained unanswered, 234 (of the initial 420) were issued with reminders week ending 5th November.

This work has resulted in over 800 private tree felling licences issuing since the beginning of June.