Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Licence Applications

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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301. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an application for forestry approval by a person (details supplied). [30773/20]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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The applicant has submitted a Natura Impact Statement (NIS) in relation to this application, which will be assessed by an ecologist as part of the Appropriate Assessment process.

As you may be aware, there is a backlog of licensing applications with our Ecology Unit. Notwithstanding that, we expect that an ecologist will begin work on this file within the next 2 months. If no further information is requested, we would anticipate that the licence should issue shortly afterwards. This, however, should be treated as an indicative timeframe.

If the applicant has not received a licence technical approval for their application within this timeframe they should contact the Department's Forestry Project Management Unit for an update using the email address ecologyqueries@agriculture.gov.ie.

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