Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (467)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

467. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason the minutes of the 2018 meeting of the coursing monitoring committee were not released under freedom of information but the minutes of the 2016 and 2017 meetings were released; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16086/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Monitoring Committee on Coursing meets annually and inter alia, considers 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.

 The report of the Monitoring Committee on Coursing for the meeting held on 18th December 2018 was not released under the Freedom of Information Act, 2014 as the report had not been adopted by the Monitoring Committee at that time. This report has now subsequently been approved and has been released, in full, to the requester.