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Appointment of New Chairman for Countryside Alliance Ireland

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Barry O’Connell as Chairman of Countryside Alliance Ireland. Barry is from a farming background and resides in rural County Cork. A keen fieldsports enthusiast, Barry is actively involved in hunting, shooting, deer stalking and fishing. Barry has held executive position with Rathcormac…

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Red Grouse conservation in Ireland

The prime objective of the IRGACT is the conservation of red grouse by empowering and helping local conservation projects on the ground while working with other NGOs and Government organisations in promoting the cause at the national level. The rural community rallied behind the Trust, with support gained from farming…

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NI Snares Order approved by DAERA Committee

Countryside Alliance Ireland and BASC has welcomed the NI Assembly’s DAERA Committees decision to approve the draft Snares Order (Northern Ireland) The new Code of Practice that will be included with the Snares Order were drafted by the Northern Ireland Snaring Working Group. The group included departmental officials and representatives…

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PSNI Online Firearms Application Process – Information Events Change of Antrim Venue

****CHANGE OF ANTRIM VENUE****** Thank you to all who have got in touch and signed up for the roadshows. Places are filling up fast so if you would like to attend one of the events listed below please register your interest to Gwen Sweeney (contact details below) PSNI will be…

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Casting for Recovery schedule for 2017 has now been confirmed

The Casting for Recovery schedule for 2017 has now been confirmed and the first two retreats of the year are now open to applications. 7-9 April 2017 – The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa Applications at: www.castingforrecovery.org.uk/events/coniston-hotel-country-estate-and-spa-7-9-april-2017   21-23 April 2017 – Mount Falcon Estate, Co Mayo  Applications at: www.castingforrecovery.org.uk/events/mount-falcon-estate-co-mayo-april-2017 The other…

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Overwhelming support from MPs for grouse shooting

A parliamentary debate held on the 31/10/2016 in Westminster Hall triggered by a petition to ban grouse shooting (as well as an associated petition supporting grouse shooting) saw MPs voice overwhelming support for moorland management for shooting Although the debate was never going to result in legislation, it represented an important…

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Countryside groups unite to demand BBC reins in Packham

THE UK’s leading countryside organisations have joined in condemnation of Chris Packham’s latest attack on grouse moors by demanding the BBC withdraws support for the anti-shooting campaigner. The broadcaster, who regularly presents nature and conservation programmes for the BBC, this week launched a personal social media campaign demanding that Marks…

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No further restrictions on lead ammunition as DEFRA rejects flawed report

Secretary of State for the Environment, Liz Truss, has rejected the recommendations of the controversial Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) process and confirmed that there will be no further restrictions on the use of lead ammunition. In a letter to LAG Chairman, John Swift, The Secretary of State has confirmed that…

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WJ Martin (Jim) 1942 – 2016

We are very sad to report that W J Martin (Jim), a long standing CAI member and supporter passed away on 7 June 2016. Jim became one of our more familiar members a few years ago, when he phoned to renew his membership.  While he was chatting away he took…

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PSNI FEB Advice on Banded Transactions

PSNI FEB has distributed advice regarding banded transactions.  To view an updated banded advice table please click   PSNI FEB banded advice .   The table is a working document and will be subject to change so the date at the top will always reflect the version.   There is now…

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