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NI leading country sports organisations reach agreement on firearm fees and the banded system

We are delighted to advise that agreement has been reached on firearms fees and a banded system for rifles between an alliance of shooting and rural organisations, the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The rural organisations include Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI), The British…

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Barney White-Spunner receives the William Brownlow Award

Mr John Clarke (left) chairman of Countryside Alliance Ireland pictured receiving the William Brownlow award from Mr Paul Pringle (right) on behalf of Barney White-Spunner Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance for all his work in relation to lead shot and protecting the rural way of life. at todays press launch…

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Proposed Dog Control Orders in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

Draconian dog control measures are being proposed by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.  The proposed Order relates to the fouling of land by dogs and the removal of dog faeces. Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) promotes responsible dog ownership and keeping lands tidy for all users.  However, the proposed Orders will apply…

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BWS Resigns from the Lead Ammunition Group over ‘abuses of process

The Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Sir Barney White-Spunner, has resigned from the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) in protest at “abuses of process and evidence that render the group’s work so flawed it can never reach any scientific conclusions”. The LAG was set up under the Labour Government in…

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National crime survey to focus on rural concerns

The largest ever survey into crime in rural areas has been launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to investigate the true impact of offences on countryside communities. The survey, launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN)*, backed by the Countryside Alliance and supported by the Home Office, is calling for…

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Show your support for Nature and Shooting

Countryside Alliance Ireland is calling on all those who love our wildlife and the countryside to respond to the European Commission’s proposal to review the Birds and Habitats Directive.   The Nature Directives, as they are collectively known, have played an essential part in increasing our biodiversity and wildlife, while forming the…

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Brief Report on Meeting hosted by Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality

Minister Fitzgerald had given a commitment that she would not make any decision in relation to the recommendations in the Firearms Licensing Review Report until she met the key stakeholders, including the organisations who represent those who use firearms for sporting purposes.    As such, all stakeholders were called to…

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The law has changed – are you registered to vote?

The political parties have now launched their election campaigns and the long road to polling day, 7th May, has begun. First and foremost we ask you to ensure you are registered to vote, if you are eligible. NB the law has changed and you may need to re-register. Click here to register…

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RoI Review of Firearms Licensing – Interim Report

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has sent an interim report on its consideration of the Firearms Licencing Review. The Report, which contains seven interim recommendations, has been sent to Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD. It has also been laid in both Houses of…

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Mediawatch: “Portillo’s State Secrets,” 1st April, BBC2, 6.30pm

MEDIAWATCH: Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant, Jim Barrington, will be on Michael Portillo’s show “Portillo’s State Secrets” from 6.30pm on BBC2 this evening, 1st April. Jim will be talking about animal welfare and hunting and reports that he thoroughly enjoyed filming with Portillo.

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