I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 and 225 together.
My attention has been drawn to the number of hares killed at the coursing meeting in Clounanna in February 1992.
I have obtained a report from the Irish Coursing Club on this particular meeting which indicated that the unusually high number of hares killed on the second day of the meeting could only be attributed to the unseasonable weather conditions which prevailed at the time.
The surviving hares from the National Coursing Finals in Clonmel were, in accordance with now well established practice, released back to the wild at the conclusion of the meeting. In accordance with common practice at premier meetings the hares were dosed for worms and coccidiosis before being released. The result of the post-mortem examination which identified the disease in the hares referred to in the question was not available until a few days later. None of the surviving hares were used at other coursing meetings.