Letter re: Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010

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Below are copies of letters written to Ms Eileen Davey, Local Government Community Services, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co Mayo and Mr Alan Kelly TD, Minister for the Environment & Local Government, Custom house, Dublin 1.

These letters were in response to the letter sent by Ms Eileen Davey addressed to the Hunting Association of Ireland.

This letter can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

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Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation of the European Union

FACE Ireland, C/O NARGC, Ferbane Business & Technology Park, Ballycumber Road, Ferbane, Co Offaly

 

 

9/12/2015

Ms Eileen Davey,
Local Government Community Services
Government Buildings
Ballina
Co Mayo

 

Re: General Dog Licence Fee

 

Dear Ms Davey,

We refer to your letter of 16th ult., addressed to the Hunting Association of Ireland and note the contents.

We must take issue with the assertion in your correspondence, namely that the exemption in the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 “arose inadvertently”.  The exemption arose from discussion and agreement at a meeting in the Custom House with officials of the Department of the Environment following a strong lobbying campaign by hunting associations affiliated to FACE Ireland and the Hunting Association of Ireland.  Your letter suggests that the exemption was in fact an unintended mistake.  It most certainly was not and we regard the intended implementation of the charge as an indefensible reneging on an agreement reached.  I can state this with more than a little authority as I was one of the people who attended the aforementioned meeting where the exemption was agreed.  Clubs affiliated to FACE Ireland and the Hunting Association of Ireland will not be complying with this fee and we will now take the matter up directly with the Minister and his colleagues in Government.

Yours sincerely,

Director

National Director – NARGC

Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition  

Spokesperson for the RISE Campaign

Hunting Association of Ireland

Federation of Irish Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers

 

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Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation of the European Union

FACE Ireland, C/O NARGC, Ferbane Business & Technology Park, Ballycumber Road, Ferbane, Co Offaly

 

 

9/12/2015

Mr Alan Kelly TD,
Minister for the Environment & Local Government
Custom house,
Dublin 1.
Re: General Dog Licence Fee

 

Dear Minister Kelly,

I represent the interests of hunting, shooting, fishing and countrysports organisations whose collective memberships are spread throughout six major organisations namely; The National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC); FACE Ireland, The Federation of Irish Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers (FISSTA), The Sports Coalition, the Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI) and the RISE Campaign.  We have a combined membership of some 300,000 members who are in clubs spread throughout the parishes of the Republic of Ireland.  We represent our members’ interests at both national level as individual organisations and together at a European level with the EU institutions through FACE Europe.

We enclose an exchange of correspondence between Ms Eileen Davey, Local Government Community Services in Ballina and ourselves which is self-explanatory.  The position is that we agreed an exemption to the general dog licence fee with officials of your Department and your predecessor, Mr Phil Hogan.  We are aghast to now receive a letter reneging on that agreement and attempting to cast it as some unintended error.  We call upon you to:

  1. Acknowledge that the exemption was arrived at by negotiated agreement between your officials, your predecessor and representatives of the Hunting Association of Ireland and FACE Ireland;
  2. To confirm you will honour that agreement in both the spirit and the letter.

May I remind you that prior to the last general election we received a written commitment from Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny to repeal the legislative provision enacted by John Gormley to ban the Ward Union stag hunt.  However, despite having voted against the Gormley proposals in the Dail, your party inexplicably blocked the repeal from being included in the programme for government when it was given the opportunity to reverse that provision.  This matter is still very much in the minds of countrysports enthusiasts and we would urge you not to allow a further broken promise to be effected at the hands of a Labour Minister.

We respectfully request a meeting with you as soon as possible for the purposes of resolving this matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

Director

National Director – NARGC

Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition  

Spokesperson for the RISE Campaign

Hunting Association of Ireland

Federation of Irish Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers

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