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Billy Vance sadly passes away

It is with great sadness that we wish to inform our members and supporters that Billy Vance who was Joint-Master of the Fermanagh Harriers peacefully passed away on Saturday the 16th January 2016. Billy’s funeral will be held in Clones Presbyterian Church on Monday the 18th January 2016 at 1pm…

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Additional controls due to Suspected Avian Influenza in Fife, Scotland

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has today issued a letter advising of additional controls being implemented from midnight tonight in respect of imports of poultry and hatching eggs, and movements of ornamental fowl, racing pigeons and captive birds from Great Britain.   To view the letter click Additional…

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Ofcom launches one-stop tool for better broadband in Northern Ireland

People can check whether their in-home Wi-Fi is giving them the best service using a simple, powerful ‘app’ launched by Ofcom today.   The Ofcom Wi-Fi Checker runs on smartphones and tablets, providing a single-stop for consumers and businesses to discover the quality of their wireless internet signal wherever they…

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Sale of Woodcock Prohibited – Republic of Ireland

EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (WILDBIRDS) (WOODCOCK) REGULATIONS 2015. Date Released: Friday, October 30, 2015 S.I. No. 472 of 2015 EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (WILDBIRDS) (WOODCOCK) REGULATIONS 2015. The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has made the European Communities (Wildbirds) (Woodcock) Regulations 2015 in exercise of the powers conferred on her by section 3 of…

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New Measures Introduced for Ireland’s Firearm Holders

Countryside Alliance Ireland is delighted that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has recently announced a series of changes to the firearms licensing system in Ireland.    This welcome news has been much sought after and has involved a concerted effort from all parties.  Countryside Alliance Ireland…

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Firearm certificate renewals – get them in on time

In order to assist the PSNI’s Firearms and Explosives Branch, CAI is urging members to submit their firearm certificate renewal applications at least six weeks prior to the date of expiry shown on their current firearm certificate.  The minimum six week period is as stated on the PSNI’s covering letter…

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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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