210 successful prosecutions for NPWS in six years
17 January 2013
The National Parks and Wildlife Service has secured 210 successful prosecutions in the past six years, according to details provided to ICABS President, Maureen O'Sullivan TD.
ICABS welcomes each successful prosecution and applauds the rangers involved. However, the figures show that there is an average of just over 1 successful prosecution per county per year.
"There were 244 completed prosecutions taken by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the period 2006 to the end of June 2012 and some 210 prosecutions were successful," Minister for Arts and Heritage, Jimmy Deenihan, outlined in response to a Dail question from Deputy O'Sullivan. "These prosecutions related to various breaches of the Wildlife Acts and Habitats Regulations which included cases with regard to the destruction of vegetation during the restricted periods, unlawful hunting and the possession of illegal traps and snares."
ICABS is urging Minister Deenihan to divert more funds into the NPWS so that rangers can be provided with the resources needed to fully tackle Ireland's wildlife crime.
Ask Minister Jimmy Deenihan to provide more funding to the NPWS so that wildlife crime can be fully tackled and those responsible prosecuted.
Jimmy Deenihan, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
23 Kildare Street
[With a copy to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore]
Tel: (01) 631 3802. Fax: (01) 661 1201
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Dear Minister Deenihan,
I understand from a reply to a Dail question from Maureen O'Sullivan TD that the NPWS has secured 210 successful prosecutions in the past six years. I welcome this but note that it amounts to an average of just over one successful prosecution per county per year.
I urge you to divert more funds into the National Parks and Wildlife Service so that rangers are given the resources needed to fully tackle wildlife crime across the country.
Please report breaches of the Wildlife Act
Please get in touch with the National Parks and Wildlife Service if you have information on breaches of the Wildlife Act, the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, EU Habitats and Birds Directives, Habitats Regulations, Traps, Snares and Nets Regulations 2003, etc. See below for contact numbers for NPWS offices around Ireland.
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