This event was very well attended.
There was a Fifty Bird Sporting over five stands and the general view was that stand five was very difficult. The weather on the day was reasonable.
Under the terms of the EU Birds Directive, Ireland has to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats.
The Directive allows member states to make derogations from its protective measures where particular wild bird species are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna and/or represent a threat to public health or to air safety.
The minister has signed such a derogation for the 12 month period from 1st May 2015 to 30th April 2016.
A link to that Derogation is available here.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service has published the species of birds and animals which may be hunted and the dates which apply for those hunting seasons.
For details, see the Open Seasons Order.
The Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced a new Statutory Instrument to govern the licensing of target handguns
She has also announced plans for changes to the administration of the firearms licensing system generally. Cork game clubs should note that the proposal to ban certain semi-automatic shotguns is dropped as are the proposals to give An Garda Siochana new powers to refuse firearms licence applications for any firearm based on calibre, appearance, or proliferation. Instead the proposals include the Sports Coalition’s suggestions in their plans.
NARGC – the National Association of Regional Game Councils of which our Cork Federation is a member – has welcomed the developments, and thanked the Sports Coalition, William Egan (solicitor) and Minister Fitzgerald for their hard work and pragmatism in developing the new proposals. Its National Director Desmond Crofton said:
“[Minister Fitzgerald’s] planned proposals will in time make a very positive contribution to removing the acrimonious and adversarial approach, which has characterised firearms licensing in this country over the past ten years, while at the same time taking full account of public safety concerns. It therefore goes without saying that I and the Sports Coalition welcome and fully endorse the Minister’s announcement. […]It is my hope that shooting people can now settle down to concentrating on participation in their chosen sport and leave behind the need to engage in a constant battle to even renew a firearms certificate.
Cork Gun Clubs that have queries about the proposed legislation are welcome to contact the Federation of Cork County Gun Clubs for more information.