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European hunters demand “higher environmental ambition” in the next CAP

EU Agriculture Council ministers met recently in Brussels to discuss the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020. For FACE, the CAP is a crucial support mechanism for agriculture and rural areas in Europe. However, the current CAP has a significant negative impact on the environment, biodiversity and…

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Brexit – Travelling with Firearms

In the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, there will be some implications in relation to Ireland and licenced firearms. Material on this topic is available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Brexit_-_Firearms_and_Explosives. Given the United Kingdom’s intention…

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PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT LEAD IN ALL AMMUNITION REQUESTED BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The European Commission (EC) has requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to prepare a restriction proposal addressing the risk to wildlife and humans (via the consumption of game meat) from lead in all ammunition (shot and bullets) including target shooting. Lead in fishing weights is also included in the request. The EC’s…

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New Secretary General at FACE

At this week’s meetings, FACE was pleased to appoint Dr. David Scallan as its new Secretary General. Dr. David Scallan was previously serving as FACE’s Senior Conservation Manager where he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the federation’s conservation programme. He has a strong background in project management, EU affairs,…

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Hunters call for support post-Brexit

HUNTERS have called for the value of country sports to be recognised in the new relationship between the EU and the UK post-Brexit. FACE, the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU, and its UK regional group FACE UK, have asked for specific policies to protect trade and…

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Countryside Alliance launches Brexit policies

The Countryside Alliance has launched a Brexit policy document setting out the issues that need to be addressed in order to sustain a living and working countryside outside of the EU. The Countryside Alliance did not campaign during the EU referendum but the decision to leave the EU will have…

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NI Elections – Vote tomorrow!

It is difficult to predict what will happen following the election tomorrow and which party will take the majority. When we vote for our political representatives we are putting our trust in them to represent our views in Parliament, hopefully for the greater good.   It is extremely disheartening that…

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New Wildlife Crime Website Launched

A great new website for reporting deer poaching and other wildlife crimes in Ireland has been launched.The main contact details to note are: • Email suspected incidents to nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie • Phone (office hours) (01) 888 3242 • Report online at http://wildlifecrime.ie/index.html

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The law has changed – are you registered to vote?

The political parties have now launched their election campaigns and the long road to polling day, 7th May, has begun. First and foremost we ask you to ensure you are registered to vote, if you are eligible. NB the law has changed and you may need to re-register. Click here to register…

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