Northern Ireland Police Service declares Firearms and Explosives Branch “critical incident”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has declared a “critical incident” due to protracted backlogs of applications within its firearms licensing department.   A critical incident is defined as “Any incident where the effectiveness of the police response is likely to have a significant impact on the confidence of the…

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ROI shooting organisations come together and challenge Minister James Brown TD

FIREARMS USERS REPRESENTATIVE GROUP (FURG) OPPOSE STRUCTURE AND MAKE-UP OF NEW FIREARMS EXPERT COMMITTEE    FURG Member Organisations consist of: National Association of Regional Game Councils, FACE Ireland (representing 14 fieldsports organisations), Irish Deer Society, Irish Deer Commission, Wild Deer Association of Ireland, Deer Alliance HCAP, Countryside Alliance (Ireland), Country…

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All the fun of the Game Fair

Thank you so much to everyone who joined, renewed or visited us even for a chat or just to say hello at the Game Fair over the weekend. It was once again our privilege to sponsor Gundog Rescue and Rehoming, to present Jonathan Buckley MLA with a CAI walking stick…

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NIEA launch consultation on General Licences to control pest birds following Wild Justice’s legal challenge

As you will be aware, just before Christmas 2021, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) unfortunately had to issue interim General Licences in response to the threat of legal action from Wild Justice. The subsequent public consultation has been launched today. We feel the Department made the right call and the…

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County Down Hounds Dog Show 2022

Following on from the success of last year dog show the County Down Hounds are pleased to announce they will be running their annual dog show on Saturday 18th June 2022.   Show classes include Terrier, Lurcher, Whippet, Strong Dog and Hound. There is something for all the family with…

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Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival Shanes Castle 25 – 26th June 2022

Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) is once again delighted to be in attendance at the Shanes Castle Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival.  The event which takes place on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June 2022. The Fair gives CAI the ideal opportunity to showcase our organisation’s work while engaging…

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Hunting and shooting clubs join forces to help the people of Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, has sadly led to thousands of deaths while towns and cities have been left in ruins. In addition over 10 million people have been displaced inside Ukraine and beyond. In light of the desperate situation these families are going through, the strong country sports community…

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CAI attend ROI forum on the introduction of restrictions on lead shot

CAI along with IFA Countryside and NARGC have met with officials in the Republic of Ireland as they look to implement EU REACH Regulations (EC1907/2006) that come into force in January 2023. Effectively these rules will mean that lead shot cannot be used within a 100m area around or within…

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Challange your MLA NOW

With the election fast approaching and the Alliance Party vowing to reintroduce their anti-rural Hunting Bill, now is the time to act and contact your MLAs to see where they stand if we want rural life and its traditions to continue. Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) has been impressed by you,…

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Championing our countryside: Manifesto for Northern Ireland 2022

The Countryside Alliance Ireland manifesto sets out how the next Assembly can protect, connect and grow rural Northern Ireland. Our countryside is a place of recreation, a larder, it underpins our tourism sector, and just as importantly, is a place of work for many as well as key to meeting the challenges…

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