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Update of Avian Influenza Restrictions

Trade restrictions introduced on 12th January 2016, following the outbreak of Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) in Fife, Scotland are being lifted with immediate effect from today, Thursday 11th February 2016. The letter issued on 12th January 2016 detailed the restrictions put in place due to the outbreak of LPAI…

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Hunt Protocol Agreed with the Ulster Farmers Union

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been developed by Countryside Alliance Ireland and The Northern Ireland Masters of Hounds Association, in conjunction with the Ulster Farmers’ Union.  The main purpose of the Memorandum is to inform and advise on best practice and protocol for those engaged in hunting with hounds…

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Countryside Alliance Ireland supports MEP’s decision not to review European Nature Directives

Countryside Alliance Ireland is pleased that the European Parliament has listened to the concerns of the public and shooting community and today (2 February) voted not to review the Birds and Habitats Directives (the Nature Directives) under the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT). By voting to support the mid-term…

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Casting for Recovery at Mount Falcon this May

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the unique fly fishing programme specifically designed for women who have, or have had, breast cancer, invites ladies to apply for its retreat to be held at the beautiful Mount Falcon Estate near Ballina, Co Mayo, from 13-15 May 2016.    This innovative…

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Leading Country Sports Organisations Meet NI Environment Minister on Snares

Representatives from Northern Ireland’s two main countryside organisations, Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), met with NI Environment Minister Mark H Durkan at Stormont. The meeting follows the Minister’s controversial decision not to introduce the draft Snares Order (Northern Ireland) to the NI Assembly…

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Billy Vance sadly passes away

It is with great sadness that we wish to inform our members and supporters that Billy Vance who was Joint-Master of the Fermanagh Harriers peacefully passed away on Saturday the 16th January 2016. Billy’s funeral will be held in Clones Presbyterian Church on Monday the 18th January 2016 at 1pm…

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Additional controls due to Suspected Avian Influenza in Fife, Scotland

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has today issued a letter advising of additional controls being implemented from midnight tonight in respect of imports of poultry and hatching eggs, and movements of ornamental fowl, racing pigeons and captive birds from Great Britain.   To view the letter click Additional…

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Ofcom launches one-stop tool for better broadband in Northern Ireland

People can check whether their in-home Wi-Fi is giving them the best service using a simple, powerful ‘app’ launched by Ofcom today.   The Ofcom Wi-Fi Checker runs on smartphones and tablets, providing a single-stop for consumers and businesses to discover the quality of their wireless internet signal wherever they…

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Sale of Woodcock Prohibited – Republic of Ireland

EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (WILDBIRDS) (WOODCOCK) REGULATIONS 2015. Date Released: Friday, October 30, 2015 S.I. No. 472 of 2015 EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (WILDBIRDS) (WOODCOCK) REGULATIONS 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…

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New Measures Introduced for Ireland’s Firearm Holders

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…

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