EU vote to ban lead shot over wetlands

On Thursday 3rd September the EU REACH committee approved a proposal to ban lead shot over wetlands, within 2 years.  This proposal will now have to be ratified by the EU Council within 3 months.  Once ratified, which is considered a certainty, it will need to be published in in…

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Midland Angling and Shooting by Mick Flanagan September 2020

Once again our sporting events have been curtailed for another few weeks as Covid-19 restrictions of only 15 people gathering at an event has seen competitions and events cancelled. We did have a short window some weeks back when gatherings were limited to 200 and Lough Owel Anglers fished two…

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Highway Code Consultation – Improving Safety for Riders

The Government is currently consulting on changes to the Highway Code. The proposed changes seek to improve protection for vulnerable road users such as horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists. The proposals do not extend to other areas of the Highway Code, or to amendments to other highways legislation.  These proposals…

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[UPDATE] PHASING OUT LEAD GUNSHOT OVER WETLANDS: WHY THE EC PROPOSAL IS UNWORKABLE

The European Commission (EC) recently published its fourth proposal on the lead shot over wetlands restriction, which will be “discussed and voted” by EU Member States on 3 September 2020 in the EU REACH Committee. The EC’s revised proposal remains highly ambiguous, disproportionate and discriminatory. It has not addressed in any way the major…

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Campaign for Shooting 2020-2021: a year in retrospect, and a year ahead

The Countryside Alliance has a pivotal role in bringing together the different shooting organisations, ensuring a coordinated approach when lobbying government. The Campaign for Shooting is at the forefront of promoting and protecting shooting in Parliament, in the media, and on the ground. Our objectives are clear: to secure and…

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Shooting organisations face up to gamebird release legal threat

The Countryside Alliance, BASC, the Game Farmers’ Association and the National Gamekeepers Organisation are joining the government in defending a judicial review against the release of gamebirds in and near to designated sites. The High Court has announced that the case should be heard by the end of October. The…

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NI set for 100% Fibre Broadband by 2025

  UK digital infrastructure provider Openreach, which builds and maintains the largest fixed communications network in Northern Ireland, has reached a significant milestone, with 360,000 homes and businesses – more than 40 per cent of properties – now able to access Full Fibre broadband at speeds of up to 1…

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Sad Passing of Newry Hunt Master

On Tuesday 16th June, Newry Hunt said a sad good bye as our long-standing hunt Master, Mrs Joan Close, was peacefully laid to rest. Mrs Close had been Master of the Newry Hunt since 1995, succeeding her husband, Maxwell, as Master. The Newry hounds have been kennelled in Drumbanagher Estate…

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Pigeon shooting restrictions in ROI overturned

Countryside Alliance Ireland welcomes the move from the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan to reverse her decision to stop wood pigeon shooting for crop protection during June, July and August. CAI and other stakeholders had written to the Minister highlighting the damage wood pigeon do physically…

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Country sports resume under phase 1 of recovery plan

Following the announcement 18th May 2020 by the First and Deputy First Minister, Countryside Alliance Ireland welcome the easing of restrictions and that shooting, equestrian and other country sports activities may now take place. What does this mean for country sports enthusiasts in Northern Ireland? You can an activity in…

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