In several cases, trees were cut down in protected nature areas or on land previously sold to private individuals by Coillte.
Only 18 pairs of the rare raptor species reared chicks this year in areas designated to protect it – the most unproductive year on record.
Records released to Noteworthy show that the State was warned it is not doing enough to ensure environmental risks from forestry “are a thing of the past”.
Noteworthy analysis reveals serious concerns remain over environmental assessments undertaken by the State prior to granting plantation forestry licences.
We look at thousands of forestry applications and appeal decisions to reveal deep problems in the quality of environmental assessments.
Analysis reveals licences for conifer plantations still being granted on biodiversity-rich areas and precious peat soils.