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Questions 276 - Answered on 9th December, 2014.

Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, United Left)

To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to improve responses from An Garda Síochána to reports made to them by the public regarding illegal stag hunting (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Illegal stag hunting by The Ward Hunt in Summerhill Co Meath on Tuesday 2nd December, reported to Trim station

Minister for Justice and Equality (Frances Fitzgerald)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that all incidents reported to Gardaí are responded to a soon as possible and any complaint made to An Garda Síochána regarding illegal hunting is fully investigated.

I am further informed that the specific incident referred to by the Deputy is currently under investigation.

A deer runs out on to the road in front of a car during a Ward Union hunt on December 2nd 2014. See the video footage on the National Animal Rights Association Youtube Channel


According to the Wildlife Amendment Act 2010, "a person who hunts deer with two or more dogs shall be guilty of an offence." If you reside in the area where the Ward Union operates, please familiarise yourself with the Wildlife Amendment Act 2010 and report any breaches to the Gardai.

For the phone numbers of Garda stations, please visit: http://www.garda.ie/Stations/Default.aspx

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