Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 359 - Answered on 12 May 2009
Finian McGrath: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the complaints from landowners or other members of the public in regard to the activities of a hunt (details supplied).
Question 361 - Answered on 12 May 2009
Finian McGrath: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will refuse future licences to a hunt (details supplied) in view of the continuing risk being posed to motorists in Counties Meath and Dublin.
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr Gormley):
I propose to take Questions Nos. 359 and 361 together.
Section 26(1) of the Wildlife Act 1976 provides that I may grant to the master or other person in charge of a pack of stag hounds, a licence authorising the hunting of deer by that pack, during such period or periods as is or are specified in the licence.
The Ward Union Hunt Club was granted a licence on 8 September 2008 for the 2008/2009 season from 13 October 2008 to 31 March 2009. This licence did not authorise any person to enter on any land without the permission of the owner or the occupier and, in addition, contained a number of conditions addressing the control of the Hunt, traffic management, the convenience of the general public and notification of landowners in the immediate vicinity of each hunt meeting.
My Department is aware of some complaints in relation to some of the hunts which took place in the 2008/2009 season. In considering any application for a renewal of a licence for the coming season, compliance with the licence conditions during the term of the previous licence will be taken into account.