It was another busy week in the Dáil with a lengthy meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee on Tuesday afternoon where we are examining gender proofing the Budget. On Wednesday afternoon, I was the representative for the Independents4Change Technical Group at the meeting of the Seanad Reform Implementation Group where Senator Michael McDowell was elected Chairperson.
Section 34 of the Wildlife Act 1976 says that an individual coursing club may hold no more than one trial session, but that in exceptional circumstances it may apply to hold a second day’s trial. What are those exceptional circumstances? I am aware that in February Clonmel coursing club was given permission to hold a second day’s trial. What were the exceptional circumstances pertaining to that? I have been asking a series of questions about strengthening the National Parks and Wildlife Service over the last year or so, particularly on the issue of monitoring coursing trials.