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Midlands Junior Minister Accused Of Using Delay Tactics On Tree Felling Licences

Farmers are waiting for 6,000 forestry licences to be issued.

An independent TD has accused Junior Agriculture Minister Pippa Hackett of using delay tactics to stop trees being cut down. 

The Rural Independents Dáil group says the backlog in felling licences has left the forestry sector at "breaking point". 

Farmers are waiting for 6,000 forestry licences to be issued, around 4,500 for felling operations. 

Mattie McGrath says if he were agriculture minister, he would order an amnesty on environmental assessments for tree cutting:

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