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Challenge to Hunting with Dogs in Northern Ireland

On 26th December, the Alliance Party representative, Mr John Blair MLA signalled his intention to introduced a Private Member’s Bill with the aim to ban hunting of wild mammals with dogs in Northern Ireland. This is a misguided attack by the Alliance Party on Northern Ireland’s rural way of life.…

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Rough shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking can continue

Rough shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking allowed under daily exercise. CAI had received a large number of calls form members confused and seeking clarity on the matter. We had written to local MLAs and MPs on behalf of you our members calling for guidance on the matter and that country…

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Clarity needed for country sports during lockdown

CAI welcome and fully support last weeks announcement from the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs that he has once again permitted angling can continue and the angling estate remains open during this lockdown period. However there is still clarity needed in regard to other country sports following the new…

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Firearms branch update on firearms and component parts, including magazines

CAI have had no consultation on the matter and question the timing of this announcement of the initial announcement and we had requested clarity on the matter from FEB. We had written to the Chief Constable highlighting the issues posed by FEB announcement on rifle magazines, the timing, lack of…

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NI Covid restrictions 7th January 2020

Following the Executive announcement on the 6th January 2020. Lockdown regulations have been updated throughout Northern Ireland from and are currently set to last until at least Friday 5th February. However these will be reviewed around the 21st January. There is now a you MUST STAY AT HOME message that…

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NI restrictions from the 26th December

New Restriction’s come into force from 00:01 on the 26th December meaning no Boxing Day events can take place. Having listened to the Chief Medical and Scientific Officers Countryside Alliance Ireland recognises the significant challenges facing the health service due to the COVID-19 pandemic and understand that the NI Executive…

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NI Outdoor sports to restart tomorrow but for how long?

Before the current restrictions have even finished their is already talk that further restrictions may be needed in the fight against COVID 19.   CAI must commend groups and syndicates for the hard work they have put in to meet if not exceed the regulations so we can continue to…

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Republic of Ireland moves to level 3 restrictions

On the 1st December 2020 the Republic of Ireland moved to level 3 COVID-19 restrictions allowing non contact sports including hunting to restart in pods of 15 people and allow people to travel freely within their county. Below we have set out the main parts of the restrictions that members…

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Fibrus brings further Full Fiber Broadband boost to rural communities.

With the decline of our highstreets and rural shops the need and benefits of full fibre broadband are more relevant now in a Covid context than ever before. As we look to new opportunities and diversify into new markets full fibre broadband will be key to unlocking the full potential…

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Keeping the show on the road during lockdown

If you could have imagined a huntsman’s or gamekeeper’s nightmare, the two week-long lockdown in Northern Ireland starting on Friday 27th November would be it. Kennels full of hounds which have been brought to a peak of fitness, jumping out of their skins and ready for the prime of the…

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