Thursday, 28 March 2019

Questions (221)

Clare Daly

Question:

221. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason her Department is providing a club (details supplied) with copies of the conservation rangers' reports prior to their publication. [14603/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) officials of my Department monitor compliance with the licences issued to the organisation concerned relating to its affiliated clubs which hold regulated hare coursing events during the period of the licences. For a number of years, prior to the publication of these monitoring reports on the NPWS website, it had been the practice of my Department to provide the organisation in question with copies of these reports for its attention and for any follow up actions required by it; in some cases there may have been issues highlighted in reports which required clarification for my Department and which necessitated further correspondence with the organisation in question.