626. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the way in which the review of the wild birds derogations process currently under way under contract to her Department and the public consultation phase planned for the review have been publicised and advertised. (Question 17924/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Wildlife Protection)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 626 to 628, inclusive, together.
The EU Birds Directive allows Member States to make derogations from its protective measures in respect of certain wild bird species in certain circumstances – for example, where they are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health or safety or to air safety.  The Declarations to implement these derogations are renewe...

627. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she is satisfied that the review of the wild birds derogations (details supplied) and its public consultation phase have been sufficiently widely publicised and advertised to ensure a comprehensive understanding of all potential risks posed by wild birds, including public health and safety risks, is acquired by her Department; and if she is further satisfied this will be fully reflected in the 2018-19 derogation declaration in addition to that for future years. (Question 17925/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Wildlife Protection)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 626 to 628, inclusive, together.
The EU Birds Directive allows Member States to make derogations from its protective measures in respect of certain wild bird species in certain circumstances – for example, where they are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health or safety or to air safety.  The Declarations to implement these derogations are renewe...

1635. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will designate Emmett Hall, Inchicore, as a national monument in view of the role played by the building in the period 1913 to 1916. (Question 15118/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Monuments)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1635, 1636 and 1649 together.
The importance of Emmet Hall stems from its role as the home of 1916 leader Michael Mallin who was one of the major figures of the 1916 Rising. His part n the insurrection and in the republican movement at the time is undoubtedly more than worthy of remembrance and commemoration.  The immensely successful 1916 Commemorations that took place nationwide in the c...

342. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the identity of persons involved in capturing hares for coursing clubs; and if financial transactions take place between the trappers and the clubs. (Question 13027/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My Department issued licences to the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) on behalf of its affiliated clubs to capture and tag hares for the 2017/18 coursing season. The licences include a large number of conditions relating to the operation of these coursing events and include a condition that all persons involved in capturing hares must have written certification, duly signed by the Coursing Club Secretary or the Secretary of the...

343. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she is satisfied that all registered coursing clubs are accurately recording the purchases of all hares in accordance with their legal requirements and are compliant with the Revenue Commissioners. (Question 13028/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): In August last year, my Department issued licences under the Wildlife Acts to the Irish Coursing Club, covering some 87 affiliated coursing clubs, to capture and tag hares for use at regulated hare coursing meetings for the 2017/18 season, which extended from the end of September 2017 to the end of February 2018.  Those licences contained a total of 22 conditions which have been developed and refined over the years. Subs...

35. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the reports on all open hare coursing meetings including, capture forms, release forms, meeting reports and veterinary reports for all coursing clubs that are subject to licencing conditions will be published. (Question 10010/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Deputy is already aware from my previous response earlier that the control of live hare coursing, including the operation of individual coursing meetings and managing the use of hares for that activity, is carried out under the Greyhound Industry Act 1958, which is the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. My responsibility relates to the conservation status of the hare.
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45. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, officers gave permission to a coursing club (details supplied) to hand over 29 hares to two other coursing events after their meeting on 16 and 17 December 2017 contrary to licensing conditions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10009/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Officers of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department did not give permission to the coursing club in question to hand over hares to two other coursing clubs after its own meeting in December 2017.
Following examination of coursing reports received by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in respect of the current coursing season, my Department wrote last week to the Irish Coursing Club in relation to an ...

621. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a club (details supplied) held a meeting in adverse weather conditions on 11 February 2018 putting the welfare of the dogs and hares at risk; and if her Department will review licensing conditions to take into consideration adverse weather conditions that compromise the safety and welfare of the animals that are exploited for the purposes of hare coursing events. (Question 8231/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Hare Coursing Regulation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): It is my understanding that the Deputy is referring to the National Coursing Meeting held on 10th, 11th and 12th February last.  This coursing meeting was monitored by officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of my Department on each of the three days of the meeting.  In addition, officials of my Department monitored the trials for this meeting.  The officials have reported that they did not find any ...

622. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on the increased reports of a shortage of hares; and the actions her Department will take to honour EU directive 92/43/EEC which directs that the State maintain a hare population at a favourable conservation level. (Question 8232/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Wildlife Conservation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): EU Directive 92/43/EEC (the Habitats Directive) requires Ireland to make a detailed report every six years on the conservation status of all listed species, including the hare. Ireland’s most recent report in 2013 included a comprehensive assessment of the range, population status, habitat and threats for the Irish hare. The report can be downloaded at https://www.npws.ie/article-17-reports-0/article-17-reports-2013. Th...

623. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if information will be provided on matters (details supplied) further to the award of the contract for a review of the derogation process under Article 9(a) of the EU birds directive. (Question 8571/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - EU Directives)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 623 to 625, inclusive, together.
My Department is currently undertaking a review of the derogation process under Article 9 of the EU Birds Directive which will take account of all relevant factors, including perceived threats, distribution and population data available in respect of all the bird species in the derogations. ANIAR Ecology were recently appointed by my Department to undertak...

624. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if information on matters (details supplied) will be provided further to the review of the derogation process under Article 9(a) of the EU birds directive for the protection of public health and safety and in view of her Department’s previously stated non-competence in matters of public health and safety. (Question 8572/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - EU Directives)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 623 to 625, inclusive, together.
My Department is currently undertaking a review of the derogation process under Article 9 of the EU Birds Directive which will take account of all relevant factors, including perceived threats, distribution and population data available in respect of all the bird species in the derogations. ANIAR Ecology were recently appointed by my Department to undertak...

625. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the review of the derogation process under Article 9(a) of the EU birds directive will be completed in time to inform the 2018 derogation declaration, which is normally published on or before 30 April each year; and if not, her plans in regard to the derogation declaration due to be made on 1 May 2018. (Question 8573/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - EU Directives)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 623 to 625, inclusive, together.
My Department is currently undertaking a review of the derogation process under Article 9 of the EU Birds Directive which will take account of all relevant factors, including perceived threats, distribution and population data available in respect of all the bird species in the derogations. ANIAR Ecology were recently appointed by my Department to undertak...

659. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of secondees from companies (details supplied) who are working in her Department. (Question 5831/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that there are no secondees from the companies listed working in my Department.
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249. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if a licence has been issued to a club (details supplied) to host a second day of trials at Powerstown Park, Clonmel; and if so, the criteria and circumstances under which a licence was issued. (Question 3799/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Irish Coursing Club)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): In October 2017 my Department issued a revised licence in relation to coursing under Section 34 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended) to the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) on behalf of its affiliated clubs which included new and revised conditions relating to the reporting of coursing trials.  One such condition condition stipulates that an individual coursing club may hold no more than one trial session but that in exceptiona...

73. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, officers monitoring illegal activity of digging out burrows; and if her Department will allocate further resources to counter the digging out of foxes and badgers from burrows across the country. (Question 2998/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Deputy Clare Daly: The question has been tabled against the backdrop of some very alarming evidence that has emerged online regarding the escalating and organised nature of some barbaric digging out of foxes, in particular, as well as badgers. Horrific brutality has been displayed in online imagery. In that context, how many NPWS officers are monitoring this activity and are there plans to increase that number?
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107. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of coursing clubs that have been sanctioned for coursing sick hares in the 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018 seasons. (Question 2999/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My Department has implemented sanctions on coursing clubs over recent years.  While a sanction was implemented in respect of the 2016/17 season, this was not related to the coursing of sick hares.  Officials of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of my Department have monitored twenty four coursing events to date during the current 2017/18 season, including trials.    All issues arising from this monitoring pr...

282. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when she will next meet the CEO and chairperson of the National Concert Hall. (Question 53359/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Concert Hall)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): As newly appointed Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht I expect to meet the Chairs and CEO’s, where appropriate, of all the relevant bodies under the aegis of my Department over the coming period. 
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308. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the rangers’ report for the coursing meeting at Edenderry, County Offaly, on 20, 21 and 22 October 2017 records breaches of section 10 of the licensing code and that three hares which died at the event were found to have pre-existing conditions; the sanction her Department will take regarding the breach of the licence; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52380/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Hare Coursing Regulation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am aware of the reports of National Parks and Wildlife Service officers of my Department in relation to coursing meetings monitored this year.   All issues arising from such reports will be reviewed and considered in the context of licenses for the 2018/19 coursing season. 
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310. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of prosecutions under the National Monuments Acts for destruction of protected ring forts and hill forts that have been undertaken since 2007. (Question 52411/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): All known archaeological monuments, of which there are in excess of 130,000, are entitled to protection under the National Monuments Acts 1930-2014.  Protection may be extended to previously unrecorded monuments by entering them in the Register of Historic Monuments or the Record of Monuments and Places.  The Acts allow me to make a preservation order where I consider a national monument to be at risk.
As Minister, I am t...

297. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the assistance her Department can provide for the development of a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and visitor centre in Fingal in view of the fact that such rescue centres are in operation throughout the UK. (Question 50180/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Wildlife Protection)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department is responsible for the implementation of the Wildlife Acts and the EU Birds and Habitats Directives. This legislative framework provides for the conservation of the populations of a wide range of species. In this regard, various measures are in place to conserve and, where appropriate, restore populations of threatened species. However, the core work of my Department does not include the rehabilitation of...

135. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the flooding of Binn Bridge by Waterways Ireland in order to prevent homeless persons from taking shelter under same; if she is satisfied that this is a humane and appropriate action by Waterways Ireland in view of the homelessness crisis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49674/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Waterways Ireland Remit)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Binns Bridge, on the N1 in Drumcondra,  is a unique structure where the bridge covers a very deep lock chamber at Lock 2 on the Royal Canal.
The area underneath the bridge has to be retained as accessible for canal boat owners and Waterways Ireland staff in order to manage water levels, operate the lock and navigate along the Royal Canal. 
The area is fenced off and locked to prohibit access to the public, as there are ...

294. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 139 of 8 November 2017, her views on the statement that there is no requirement for coursing clubs to publicise coursing trials in view of new conditions added to coursing licences effective from 15 November 2017 (details supplied); and if from 15 November all coursing clubs will be obliged from that date to make known to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, when and the locations in which trials will be held in order that rangers can attend and observe these to ensure compliance with the law. (Question 48728/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Hare Coursing Regulation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 294 and 295 together.
I recently issued a revised licence to the Irish Coursing Club on behalf of its affiliated clubs. The licence, which became effective from 13 November 2017, includes new and revised conditions relating to the reporting of coursing trials. There is now a requirement for the Irish Coursing Club to notify my Department of the dates of coursing trial sessions organise...

295. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 139 of 8 November 2017, if all coursing clubs will be obliged from 15 November 2017 to make known to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, when and the locations in which trials will be held in order that rangers can attend and observe these to ensure compliance with the law. (Question 48729/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Hare Coursing Regulation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 294 and 295 together.
I recently issued a revised licence to the Irish Coursing Club on behalf of its affiliated clubs. The licence, which became effective from 13 November 2017, includes new and revised conditions relating to the reporting of coursing trials. There is now a requirement for the Irish Coursing Club to notify my Department of the dates of coursing trial sessions organise...

140. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to findings by wildlife officers that confirm the presence of leverets at a number of hare coursing venues; if her Department will investigate those findings and revoke licences for those venues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48390/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am aware of the reports of National Parks and Wildlife Service officers of my Department in relation to coursing meetings monitored this year. All issues arising from such reports will be reviewed and considered in the context of licenses for the 2018/19 coursing season. 
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68. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to a shortage of hares for coursing events in recent weeks; and if NPWS officials will take steps in view of this to ensure that hares are earmarked with dye immediately upon release after events to ensure that they are not in continuous use by hare coursing clubs and that NPWS officers will be present to monitor upcoming events on the fixture list of an organisation (details supplied). (Question 47713/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Hare Coursing)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department has issued licences to the organisation in question on behalf of its affiliated clubs to capture and tag hares during the 2017/18 coursing season.    The type of tagging device which is allowed is either an earmark or a spray dye.  During the 2016/17 coursing season, conservation rangers of my Department attended seventeen coursing meetings and the same number of meetings was monitored during the 2015/16 s...