Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (343)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

343. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she is satisfied that all registered coursing clubs are accurately recording the purchases of all hares in accordance with their legal requirements and are compliant with the Revenue Commissioners. [13028/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

In August last year, my Department issued licences under the Wildlife Acts to the Irish Coursing Club, covering some 87 affiliated coursing clubs, to capture and tag hares for use at regulated hare coursing meetings for the 2017/18 season, which extended from the end of September 2017 to the end of February 2018.  Those licences contained a total of 22 conditions which have been developed and refined over the years. Subsequently, in October last year, my Department augmented the licencing conditions to provide for more strict regulation of coursing trials.  

Compliance with the requirements of the Revenue Commissioners is a matter for each coursing club and not a matter in which I have a statutory function.