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Question 687 - Answered on 15th January 2014

Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, United Left):

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason he allocated an animal welfare organisation grant to the Irish Red Grouse Association.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney (Cork South-Central, Fine Gael):

My Department provides ex-gratia funding to organisations working with animals. Applications for funding are considered against a number of criteria including the impact, real and potential of the services to animals in the locality in which the organisation is based. In 2013 my Department received an application for funding from the Irish Red Grouse Association and awarded funding on the basis that it meets the criteria under the scheme. The Irish Red Grouse Association is working towards reversing the decline of one of Irelandís native game birds (the red grouse) and has a significant impact in the care and welfare of red grouse in the South East and beyond.

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