Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 337 - Answered on 19th October 2005
Tony Gregory: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if hares were coursed more than once, in breach of the regulations by a coursing club (details supplied) in County Mayo at its meeting of 30 and 31 October 2004; if sick hares which appeared to be suffering from malnutrition were coursed at the same meeting; if the club was sanctioned or penalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Ref No: 29611/05
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr Dick Roche):
At the coursing meeting referred to, which was attended by officers of my Department, no hares were coursed more than once on the same day. While some of the stock of captured hares appeared to be weaker than others, most of these latter were not coursed.
The club in question was not sanctioned or penalised in the context of the 2005/2006 licence issued to the Irish Coursing Club.