Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 851 - Answered on 19th January, 2010
Maureen O'Sullivan, TD: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if, in view of a recent incident involving the collision of a vehicle and a deer during a ward union hunt, he will revoke the hunt's licence on public safety grounds.
Written Answer. Ref No 48365/09
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr John Gormley): I am aware of the recent incident where a deer collided with a vehicle during a hunt meeting. I have had concerns for some time relating to this particular hunting practice for both animal welfare and public safety reasons. Accordingly, the Government recently approved the drafting of legislation to prohibit the hunting of deer by a pack of hounds in accordance with a commitment in this regard in the renewed Programme for Government. I expect that the legislation will be published as soon as possible.