Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 699 No. 1

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  851.  Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan  Information on Maureen O'Sullivan  Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   if, in view of a recent incident involving the collision of a vehicle and a deer during a Ward Union hunt, he will revoke the hunt’s licence on public safety grounds. [48365/09]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  I am aware of the recent incident where a deer collided with a vehicle during a hunt meeting. I have had concerns for some time relating to this particular hunting practice for both animal welfare and public safety reasons. Accordingly, the Government recently approved the drafting of legislation to prohibit the hunting of deer by a pack of hounds in accordance with a commitment in this regard in the renewed Programme for Government. I expect that the legislation will be published as soon as possible.


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