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Broad coalition at Leinster House protest
The Dealer
With rural activists side-by-side with eco-warriors, it was a rainbow of opposition to the Coillte/Gresham House deal at last week's public protest.
31 January 2023 News
Gresham House-backed Strategic Power to develop new solar and battery project
Renewables company Strategic Power, with the backing of UK investment firm Gresham House, has announced plans to develop a large solar farm and battery storage project in Louth.
29 January 2023 News
Coillte still committed to delivering 100,000ha of new woodlands by 2050
The forestry body is hoping to partner with other public bodies, such as Bord na Móna, to deliver forests on State lands.
Commission takes issue with Ireland’s new forestry programme
A letter from the Commission to the Department of Agriculture’s forestry division noted that the forestry programme failed to “sufficiently address” concerns around the impact of peatlands and birds.
27 January 2023 Forestry
Ban forestry payments for investment companies - IFO
The IFO has said that the Government must support farmers, not investment funds, to deliver forestry targets.
27 January 2023 Forestry
Coillte deal protest: ‘a quick fix without thinking of the impact’
Protesters at the Dáil on Thursday called for an end to Coillte’s deal with UK investment fund Gresham House.
26 January 2023 News
INHFA forestry policy a 'blueprint' to overcome afforestation impasse
The policy aims to incentivise farmers to plant a portion of their farms with native woodlands and commercial broadleaf trees
26 January 2023 News
State could buy land for Coillte to plant - McConalogue
Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue and Coillte are exploring options which could support the semi-State body in its afforestation targets.
26 January 2023 News
Government and Coillte back away from future investment fund deals
The Taoiseach and Tánaiste confirmed separately that the purchase of Irish lands by international investment funds was not the Government’s preferred model of afforestation.
25 January 2023 Forestry
Positive response to new forestry programme
There was an increase in afforestation licences in January, while approvals for felling increased in 2022 but forest road licences were down.
25 January 2023 Forestry
Political tensions flare over Coillte deal with Gresham House
The Coillte-Gresham House agreement has stoked political debate this week, with further pressure exerted on Ministers Charlie McConalogue and Pippa Hackett.
25 January 2023 News
Deer spreading and populations rising
Researcher Kilian Murphy has tracked changes in the makeup of Ireland’s deer population from 2000 to 2018.
25 January 2023 News