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Question No. 223

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the arrangement by the Dungannon Coursing Club to carry out coursing in County Cavan on 21, 22 and 23 November 2003 is in breach of the hare netting licence given to the Cavan Coursing Club; if he will have this matter investigated and dealt with; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Tony Gregory.

For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 20th November, 2003.

Ref No: 28014/03


Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Cullen):

My Department understands that the event in question is being organised and managed by the Cavan Coursing Club who are covered by the hare netting licence issued to the Irish Coursing Club for the season 2003-2004. The subsidiary association of other interests with the Cavan Coursing Club in this event would not appear to be inconsistent with the licence provisions.

My Department's priority, in the context of this and other hare coursing activities, is to ensure that the conservation requirements of the licence are appropriately observed.

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