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Question 173 - Answered on 23 September 2015

Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, United Left)

To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason she has refused to meet with groups opposed to hare coursing; the reason she did not attend the opening of a Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference but did attend a game fair in Birr, County Offaly which showcased, among other bloodsports, working terrier and lurcher dogs.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys

I receive numerous invitations from groups and individuals for meetings, events and conferences in relation to various issues which are pertinent to my Department. It is not always possible for me to accept such invitations.With regard to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference (dealing with wildlife crime), a senior official of my Department opened that event on 13thSeptember last on my behalf. Officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department also made presentations at this conference.

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