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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Ceisteanna (785)

Eoin Ó Broin

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785. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if statistical information in relation to felling licences will be provided for 2020 and to date in 2021 (details supplied). [61652/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department is the consent authority for tree felling licences, which are a legal requirement before the felling of any tree or trees. In the years in question, my Department issued 1,717 (2020) and 2,711 tree felling licences. These are broken down by county and whether they are issued to Coillte Teo or private landowners in the tables below.

Tree felling licences issue with varying validity periods up to and including 10 years. After the expiration of the validity period, a landowner has two years in which to replant the felled site. Therefore, no reforestation inspections would be carried out on tree felling licences issued in 2020 and 2021 as they would be within the timeframe by which the replanting is required to take place. Information on ad hoc inspections is not compiled centrally and therefore not readily available, as they usually arise from complaints received by letter, email or by phone call. All such complaints are followed-up, with action taken as appropriate.

Every application for a forestry licence, including tree felling licences is assessed for its potential impact on the surrounding countryside and environment. This examination – Appropriate Assessment (AA) Procedures – is in the following stages AA screening, followed by stage 2 AA where required. Where following AA screening the potential impacts cannot be readily excluded, the application goes for stage 2 AA. The number of tree felling licence applications that progressed to stage 2 AA will be forwarded to the Deputy under separate cover.

Felling licences issued by count in 2020 and 2021 for both Coillte and Private landowners

2020

Private

Coillte

2021

Private

Coillte

Carlow

5

11

Carlow

11

21

Cavan

38

35

Cavan

45

34

Clare

54

66

Clare

92

78

Cork

97

106

Cork

159

166

Donegal

6

54

Donegal

30

141

Dublin

3

7

Dublin

2

14

Galway

54

64

Galway

46

111

Kerry

61

31

Kerry

85

56

Kildare

4

6

Kildare

26

4

Kilkenny

43

40

Kilkenny

57

35

Laois

14

64

Laois

50

52

Leitrim

54

41

Leitrim

61

58

Limerick

29

28

Limerick

64

36

Longford

18

5

Longford

23

3

Louth

0

6

Louth

4

7

Mayo

36

21

Mayo

64

63

Meath

5

2

Meath

25

5

Monaghan

17

7

Monaghan

11

2

Offaly

32

25

Offaly

68

23

Roscommon

82

15

Roscommon

67

29

Sligo

41

14

Sligo

47

44

Tipperary

39

71

Tipperary

90

189

Waterford

31

45

Waterford

45

104

Westmeath

7

11

Westmeath

18

6

Wexford

29

18

Wexford

19

21

Wicklow

53

72

Wicklow

41

159

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