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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 16 June 2015

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

929. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when deer were introduced to the national park in Letterfrack, County Galway; when Lyme disease was detected in the deer herd; the steps being taken to eradicate this disease from the deer herd; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23621/15]

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Having become extinct in the area during the mid-eighteenth century, native Red Deer were reintroduced into Connemara National Park in 1982. I understand that Lyme disease is carried by ticks and a study produced in 1999 detected Lyme disease in ticks found in Connemara. These ticks are not restricted to red deer and can be found on a variety of other animals, including mice, voles, hedgehogs, dogs, sheep and horses.

Information on Lyme disease is available from the HSE at the following website: http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/LymeDisease/Informationforthepublic/

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