Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (466)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

466. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will report on the 2018 meeting of the coursing monitoring committee; the items of importance that were discussed at the meeting; the decisions made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16085/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Monitoring Committee on Coursing meets annually and considers, inter alia, any issues arising from the previous coursing  season.  Wildlife Rangers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and veterinary inspectors from my Department attend these meetings and report on their findings.  The Monitoring Committee also arranges to have any complaints or reported incidents investigated.

At the 2018 meeting, a range of issues relating to the health, welfare and conservation of the Irish hare were discussed, in addition to a review of the 2017/2018 coursing season.