Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (317)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

317. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2010, his response to the reported incident of a deer hunted by the Ward Union Hunt near Dunshaughlin, County Meath into the River Boyne; if he recognises the need for greater monitoring of the Ward Union Hunt activities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11317/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

Officials of my Department monitor compliance with the Wildlife Acts across the country on an ongoing basis, and carry out patrols and site visits to enforce the various provisions of these Acts, as required. They also investigate reports of breaches of the Acts. Members of An Garda Síochána are also empowered under the Acts to investigate alleged offences and to prosecute if they see fit. My Department is undertaking enquiries at present in relation to the particular incident referred to in the Deputy's Question.