Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Questions 82 - Answered on 31 January 2017
Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, United Left)
To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys if her Department has completed the report into the killing of hares at Rathdowney in November 2016; when the report will be made available; if she will confirm that no licence has been given for a rescheduled event or for the capture of more hares (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Michael Ring)
It is my understanding that a copy of the report prepared by my Department in relation to Rathdowney Coursing club was provided to the Deputy in December 2016. The report is also available on my Department’s website – http://www.ahrrga.gov.ie/news-centre/news-centre-publications/.
The meeting scheduled by the coursing club did not take place, no licence was given for a rescheduled event and all hares held in captivity by the club were released under supervision of officials of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department.
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Ireland: Ban Cruel Hare Coursing
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