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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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Increase to IPT (NI) & Postal Rates (R of I)

We wish to inform our members that due to an increase to the insurance premium tax in Northern Ireland and the excessive increase in postage rates in the Republic of Ireland, Countryside Alliance Ireland has no option but to effect a modest increase to membership rates as of 1 June…

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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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Operation Wild Deer – PSNI and partners embark on an initiative to combat deer poaching

An initiative to tackle the issue of deer poaching has been running in the Clough Valley area. Following concerns from members of the public, local PSNI officers have raised the profile of the Operation Wild Deer initiative to help address the issues in this area.   Representatives from the Police…

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Guidance on Avian Influenza for Hunters

Introduction Hunting associations and wildlife authorities should be aware that H5N8 and other avian influenza viruses might be present in waterfowl hunted during the migratory season. No human cases of the avian influenza H5N8 subtype currently circulating, or other viruses of this subtype, have been reported.   However hunters are…

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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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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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