Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (45)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

45. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, officers gave permission to a coursing club (details supplied) to hand over 29 hares to two other coursing events after their meeting on 16 and 17 December 2017 contrary to licensing conditions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10009/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

Officers of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department did not give permission to the coursing club in question to hand over hares to two other coursing clubs after its own meeting in December 2017.

Following examination of coursing reports received by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in respect of the current coursing season, my Department wrote last week to the Irish Coursing Club in relation to an entry in the Capture and Release returns of the club in question about the possible provision of hares to other coursing clubs.  On receipt of a response, my Department will consider the matter further.