Forestry licences ‘a fiasco,’ says Fitzmaurice

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has called for the Joint Oireachtas Agriculture Committee to be recalled immediately to address the slump in processing forestry licences.

The Roscommon East Galway TD has made the call to the chair of the committee, Jackie Cahill, as well as to the clerk of the committee, following receipt of the latest figures from the Forestry Dashboard.

Commenting on the matter, Fitzmaurice said just 33 licences were granted in the week ending Friday, August 27th.

A total of 20 of these were classed as felling, with 14 for Coillte and six for private felling.

Just three road licences were granted and 10 afforestation licences were processed.

Deputy Fitzmaurice has been telling our reporter John Lynch the delays are destroying farmers confidence in the sector