Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (319)

Tony Gregory


403 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if a hunt (details supplied) supplies a fixture list to local landowners in compliance with the requirements of their licence in order not to cause inconvenience and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6555/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

My Department's national parks and wildlife service is responsible for issuing an annual licence under section 26(1)(ii) of the Wildlife Act 1976, as amended, to the Ward Union Hunt Club for hunting of deer with stag hounds, subject to a variety of conditions. As with all hunting licences issued, the licence contains a note informing the licensee that "This licence does not authorise any person to enter on any land without the permission of the owner or occupier."

The hunt club's hunting code of practice states that:

It is the club's policy to give due regard to the wishes of landowners and lawful occupiers of land and that particular effort to be made at all times, not to interfere with or inconvenience the general public.

The hunt club circulates a fixture list to local land owners at the commencement of each season. Any issues arising from entry on lands by the club are matters to be resolved between the owner or occupier of the land and the club.