Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Questions (342)

Clare Daly

Question:

342. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the identity of persons involved in capturing hares for coursing clubs; and if financial transactions take place between the trappers and the clubs. [13027/18]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

My Department issued licences to the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) on behalf of its affiliated clubs to capture and tag hares for the 2017/18 coursing season. The licences include a large number of conditions relating to the operation of these coursing events and include a condition that all persons involved in capturing hares must have written certification, duly signed by the Coursing Club Secretary or the Secretary of the ICC, certifying that the person is a member of a Coursing Club affiliated to the ICC. This certification must be produced for inspection to a member of An Garda Siochana or an authorised officer of my Department.  

I have no information as to any financial dealings involved in the capturing of hares.