I propose to take Questions Nos. 555 to 559, inclusive, together.
There are provisions under sections 22 and 42 of the Wildlife Acts allowing for the granting of licences and permits to control bird species, including seagulls, in certain circumstances. These applications are examined in my Department on a case by case basis and a decision on each individual application is made in consultation with regional officials of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department.
Given the volume of material sought here, I am arranging for my Department to provide the Deputy with information in tabular format on the number of such licences/permits issued by my Department since January 2016 to date to control seagulls. The information will include details as to the control method employed, such as the removal of nests or eggs, the location in each case and the reasons for granting the licence/permit. Details will also be provided on the applications for the control of seagulls refused by my Department during the same period.