Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 856 - Answered on 14th June, 2005
Tony Gregory: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if reports have been received from the National Parks and Wildlife Service detailing breaches of licence conditions by coursing clubs (details supplied) in Counties Laois and Offaly; if the licence to Rathdowney will be withheld for the 2005/2006 season; if the licence will be withdrawn from Ballinagar; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
For written answer. Ref No: 19015/05
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): Reports of the coursing meetings referred to in the Question (and which were held in late 2004) have been compiled by my Department's National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). As these raise certain concerns about compliance with the conditions of the licence issued to the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) by my Department for the 2004/2005 season, the issues involved will shortly be taken up by my Department with ICC. Following that discussion and further assessment, I will be in a position to consider the implications, if any, for the issue of the licence to ICC for the 2005/2006 season.