Irish Game body merges with CAI
A decision has been made by the Executive Committee of the Irish Game Protection Association (IGPA) to merge with Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI). As the representative body for the driven shoots of Ireland, the Association was formed in 1890 by a group of keen sportsmen to help conserve and protect the habitats of game birds and wildfowl. It is still necessary in 2013 to uphold these same objectvies.
Jack Meath, a former Chairman of IGPA, said: “Countryside Alliance Ireland has worked very hard to encourage and succour traditional field sports on the whole island of Ireland. “It has a most efficient secretariat and lobbies hard on behalf of field sports and rural issues in both Leinster House and Stormont. This alliance will help to strengthen the necessary role of adopting “Best Code of Practice” in the field by all field sport enthusiasts of whatever description. “I am delighted that the Committee of the IGPA has chosen to merge with Countryside Alliance Ireland and indeed that Countryside Alliance Ireland has accepted us in this partnership.”
CAI Chief Executive, Lyall Plant, said: “The IGPA must be commended for their excellent work over the years and we are delighted that this merger has taken place. We look forward to fully adopting and incorporating the IGPA’s objectives within CAI’s strategy and building upon their accomplishments to date.”