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John Blair clearly rattled by CAI e-lobby

Mr Blair has clearly been rattled by the country sports communities participation in CAIs e-lobby, so much so we are aware he emailed his MLA colleagues across Stormont claiming he only wants to “ban hunting with dogs for the kill”…. but is this the case? We can only presume John…

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Transporting equines from GB to NI

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has advised owners of equines to become familiar with new regulations for transporting live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Following the end of the EU-UK transition period on 31 December 2020, under the requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol,…

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Lead ammunition update and NI Protocol

Countryside Alliance Ireland understands that in the context of Brexit, it appears that the REACH Regulation continues to apply to Northern Ireland. This is because Art 5.4 of the ‘Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland’ included in the EU-UK agreement stipulates that the ‘provisions of Union law listed in Annex 2 to…

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Pet passport grace period has now been extended until July.

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots said: “After working with my officials over the past number of weeks to seek potential flexibilities, I can confirm that they will extend the current education phase to 1 July, to allow pet owners time to familiarise themselves with the new rules. “Routine checks will not…

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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 March. However these will be reviewed around the 18th February. 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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