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With deer having no natural predators, the UK deer population is believed to be at its highest for 1,000 years and with an increasing population and range of wild deer throughout Ireland, deer management has never been more important. Deer are estimated to cause more than £8.8 million of damage…

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Alledged dog attack wrongly being blamed on hunting

A beautiful Labrador is alledged to have been attacked and seriously injured in Derry last week, thankfully continues to make progress on his road to recovery. In what can only be described as horrific injuries suffered by the Labrador including severe and numerous puncture and slash wounds following a savage…

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IMPORTANT – Update on temporary closure of the PSNI online firearms application system.

Further to our initial announcement on the planned downtime, Countryside Alliance Ireland and our partner organisations have been advised that the downtime has now been pushed back several weeks. The online site will now close at the later date of 28th March until 10th April 2022.  We have also been…

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PSNI’s online firearms application system will be offline for essential work.

Countryside Alliance Ireland was informed during a recent meeting with PSNI Firearms and Explosives Branch (FEB) that the PSNI’s online firearms application system will be offline for two weeks to allow for essential work. The shutdown is to facilitate the installation of a new internal Firearms Management System, which is…

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Another attempt to ban hunting by the Alliance Party fails

Alliance Party councillors have been accused of ‘wasting vital council time’ by rural campaigners after a motion which proposed an end to hunting, failed to pass at a full meeting of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. If successful the motion, proposed by Alderman Julian McGrath and seconded by Councillor Neil…

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Changes to Highway Code overtaking when driving or cycling

The Highway Code is being updated from the end of January 2022 to help protect vulnerable road users. These updates to the rules aim to protect the most vulnerable road users. Creating a hierarchy of users, including pedestrians, particularly children, older or disabled people, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.  …

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Alliance Party Petition the numbers don’t seem to add up?

Despite losing the vote on the Hunting of Wild Mammals with Dogs Bill, Alliance Party MLA John Blair within only a matter of hours vowed to bring the Bill back again in the next mandate. After the defeat the Alliance Party even launched a petition calling on people to show…

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Tynan & Armagh Hunt raise £2500 for local charities

Despite the setback of last year with lockdown, Tynan & Armagh Hunt were quick to pushed ahead this year with their annual New Year Day meet raising a wopping £2500 for charity. The money was split between the NI Air Ambulance of which at least two people a day find…

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Christmas Office Closures 2021

As 2021 draws to a close it has been our pleasure to engage, help and support you our members and Countryside Alliance Ireland wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. Countryside Alliance Ireland will be closed for the Christmas holidays…

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New interim General Licenses and gulls are off the menu.

DEARA have now issued new interim General Licenses for taking pest birds in response to the legal challenge from Wild Justice. They are likley to remain in place until a full public consultation has taken place in early 2022 and the responces are considered. The new changes include the following.…

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