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Change to ROI contact number

From Friday 24th of January 2020 the Countryside Alliance Ireland Courtlough office telephone number will cease and support for our ROI members will move to our Northern Ireland office. Members can contact our Northern Ireland office by the following: landline 048 9263 9911 mobile +44 28 9263 9911

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Operation Silver Fin launches in Co. Fermanagh

The net is closing in on fish poachers as ‘Operation Silver Fin’ is launched in Co. Fermanagh. Police in Fermanagh have teamed up with the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs Inland Fisheries, Loughs Agency and An Garda Siochana along with other partners from the Partnership Action Against Wildlife…

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Changes to the Membership – Republic of Ireland

Monday 6th January 2020 Dear Member Ref:        Countryside Alliance Ireland – Changes to the Membership I write to you in respect of your membership of Countryside Alliance Ireland. As you may be aware from many media outlets, all insurance in the Republic of Ireland has been viewed as high risk…

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ROI Control of Certain Wild Bird Species – Consultation on 2020-2021 Derogations

The current declarations by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht allowing for the control of certain wild bird species are due to expire on 30 April 2020.   These declarations are made by the Minister in exercising the powers conferred on her by Section 3 of the European Communities…

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Book review – The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques 

Book review – The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques                                       Looking for a stocking filler this Christmas then look no further than The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques. the following review was kindly written by Darren Walker.…

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Advanced Marksmanship Course

The Irish Deer Commission will deliver an Advanced Marksmanship Course, for its members on Saturday, November 30th, 2019 at An Riocht Rifle and Pistol Range, Co Kerry. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The course will be delivered by renowned Professional Scottish Deer Manager and Shooting Instructor,…

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European hunters demand “higher environmental ambition” in the next CAP

EU Agriculture Council ministers met recently in Brussels to discuss the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020. For FACE, the CAP is a crucial support mechanism for agriculture and rural areas in Europe. However, the current CAP has a significant negative impact on the environment, biodiversity and…

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AFBI Deer Survey starts today

You will most likely be aware of the current bTB epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland. The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the…

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Deer bTB Survey can you help?

You will most likely be aware of the current bTB epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland. The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the…

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Brexit – Travelling with Firearms

In the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, there will be some implications in relation to Ireland and licenced firearms. Material on this topic is available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Brexit_-_Firearms_and_Explosives. Given the United Kingdom’s intention…

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