PSNI Fermanagh are investing deer poaching in the county
FERMANAGH police have seized two deer heads and carcasses as part of an enquiry into allegations of illegal hunting. The seizures were made in the Irvinestown area following reports that two red deer hinds had been shot in the close season.
Chief Inspector Graham Dodds, the area commander, said: “The Countryside Alliance, Ireland, states that deer poaching has reached epidemic proportions in some parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
“Deer poaching tends to increase at this time of year, peaking in the weeks before Christmas. While hundreds of deer are lawfully and professionally culled by trained deer stalkers each year, many more are cruelly killed by poachers looking to sell the meat on the black market. “Poachers target deer indiscriminately and have no respect for females with dependant or suckling young.
“As well as taking animals, poachers are often responsible for thefts from farms and rural areas, so it is not just the local wildlife that is affected by them, but also rural residents. There are also the associated problems of threats to farmers and gamekeepers, along with damage to property and crops.
“This operation is not only about tackling deer poaching but about reassuring the rural communities and farms in the rural Fermanagh area that police in Fermanagh are tackling these issues.” One man has been reported to the PPS.
Arrangements for the 2009 FAI Cup final have been finalised
The kick-off time for the 2009 FAI Ford Cup final between Sligo Rovers and Sporting Fingal has been confirmed for 3pm on Sunday, November 22nd. The match will take place in the Tallaght Stadium.
Sligo Rovers will compete in the final of the competition for the first time since 1994, when they overcame Derry City, while Sporting Fingal have reached the FAI Ford Cup final for the first time. RTE has confirmed that the FAI Ford Cup final will be broadcast live on RTE Two.
Ticketing information will be confirmed over the coming days. FAI Ford Cup final – Sunday, November 22nd Sligo Rovers v Sporting Fingal Tallaght Stadium 3.00pm. The game will be screen live on RTE Two
Tanaiste Mary Coughlan
Discussions to centre on modifications of proposed road design The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan T.D., has today said she will meet the National Roads Authority as well as the manager of Donegal County Council following the decision to refuse planning permission to the N13/N15 Ballybofey/Stranorlar by-pass. In refusing planning permission, An Bord Pleanála has called for the scheme to be redesigned and a new EIS to be carried out highlighting road safety and environmental protection as its principal concerns.
Various options will be considered taking into account the findings of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which called into question the bridging of the River Finn and its various tributaries, among other issues. The Tánaiste has stated that various alternative designs will now be considered in order for this important piece of infrastructure to be developed. “Today’s decision by the Board is a disappointing setback for the twin towns by-pass but the board has given its reasons for refusing planning permission which we must respect. However, I feel that such a substantial investment in capital infrastructure in Donegal should still be pursued and propose that all those with concerns about the project should be met. Furthermore, we will also take stock of the reasons and considerations issued by An Bord Pleanála to come up with a more suitable and acceptable road design,” stated the Tánaiste.