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Sale of Woodcock Prohibited - Republic of Ireland

Friday, 30 October 2015


Date Released: Friday, October 30, 2015

S.I. No. 472 of 2015


The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has made the European Communities (Wildbirds) (Woodcock) Regulations 2015 in exercise of the powers conferred on her by section 3 of the European Communities Act 1972.    These Regulations add the Woodcock to the list of species of wild birds of which the sale, transport for sale, keeping for sale and offering for sale is prohibited, in the interest of conservation

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New Measures Introduced for Ireland’s Firearm Holders

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Countryside Alliance Ireland is delighted that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has recently announced a series of changes to the firearms licensing system in Ireland. 
This welcome news has been much sought after and has involved a concerted effort from all parties.  Countryside Alliance Ireland would especially like to take this opportunity to thank our members and the wider public who responded to the Department’s consultation and submitted their views.  Every correspondence counts and we commend all those who made the effort.

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Firearm certificate renewals – get them in on time

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

In order to assist the PSNI’s Firearms and Explosives Branch, CAI is urging members to submit their firearm certificate renewal applications at least six weeks prior to the date of expiry shown on their current firearm certificate. 

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NI leading country sports organisations reach agreement on firearm fees and the banded system

Friday, 7 August 2015

We are delighted to advise that agreement has been reached on firearms fees and a banded system for rifles between an alliance of shooting and rural organisations, the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The rural organisations include Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI), The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, (BASC) and the Gun Trade Guild NI (GTG NI).

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BWS Resigns from the Lead Ammunition Group over ‘abuses of process

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Sir Barney White-Spunner, has resigned from the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) in protest at “abuses of process and evidence that render the group’s work so flawed it can never reach any scientific conclusions”. The LAG was set up under the Labour Government in 2010 at the behest of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the RSPB, on the back of scientific evidence from America, to advise Defra on any risks to wildlife, human health and livestock from the use of lead ammunition, and how to mitigate them. It has not yet produced a report. Sir Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance has served on the LAG since 2013 and represents the shooting community on the group.

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Brief Report on Meeting hosted by Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Minister Fitzgerald had given a commitment that she would not make any decision in relation to the recommendations in the Firearms Licensing Review Report until she met the key stakeholders, including the organisations who represent those who use firearms for sporting purposes. 


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RoI Review of Firearms Licensing – Interim Report

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has sent an interim report on its consideration of the Firearms Licencing Review.

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Justice Committee to seek academic advice on firearms review

Friday, 13 March 2015

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has agreed to seek a range of academic perspectives as part of its on-going consideration of a recent review of firearms licencing issues. The Committee hopes that the input of experts, with independent analysis of the current trends in Ireland and optimum policy in other jurisdictions, will assist the Committee as it considers this complex policy area.

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Department of Justice and Equality/An Garda Síochána Working Group on Review of Firearms Licensing

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Department of Justice and Equality invites interested parties to make submissions on the joint An Garda Síochána / Department of Justice and Equality Working Group Report on the Review of Firearms Licensing.

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Go wild for game this season

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Eating game is cheap, it’s healthy, it benefits the countryside, and it is in season now. What’s not to like? The number one benefit of eating game is its healthiness. Research carried out by Leatherhead Food International* shows how game compares very favourably with other red and white meats.
Venison is high in protein, low in saturated fatty acids and contains higher levels of iron than any other red meat. Pheasant and partridge also contain a high level of iron, protein, vitamin B(6) and selenium, which helps to protect cells from damage, reducing the chance of cancer (see link below to the research).

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