Written Answers. - Prosecutions Under Wildlife Act.

John Ellis

Question:

75 Mr. Ellis asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht the number of prosecutions which have been initiated under the Wildlife Acts in each of the years from 1990 to 1996; the breaches of the law for which these prosecutions were initiated; and the number of prosecutions in respect of counties Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Longford and Roscommon as promised in his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 92 on 14 November 1996. [3940/97]

I regret that the information sought by the Deputy has only been compiled very recently.

Prosecutions taken under the Wildlife Act, 1976 by the National Parks Wildlife Service are as follows:

Year

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

Total

Prosecutions

41

38

40

36

38

22

24

239

These prosecutions were taken under sections 21, 22, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 47, 51 and 69 of the Wildlife Act, 1976.
Of the the 239 prosecutions taken, 26 prosecutions were initiated in respect of counties Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Longford and Roscommon as follows:

Year

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

Total

Sligo

2

1

1

4

Leitrim

1

2

1

4

Cavan

1

3

3

7

Longford

7

3

10

Roscommon

1

1

Total

11

5

4

1

4

1

26