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This powerful legislation is a new development in tackling such crimes. Whilst public safety is to the fore of our Association’s objectives, we strongly disagree with this aspect of the report, as there is no evidence to show any link between legally held, sporting firearms and a risk to the safety of the general public.

We would urge hunters and members of the public to be vigilant over the coming weeks as poaching tends to increase in February. As a responsible hunting organisation, we welcome any attempt to end the criminal misuse of firearms.

We received the following Garda statement as part of the highly successful and ongoing “Operation Bambi” targeting deer poaching. He was granted bail and was remanded back to Naas District Court on 25/2/2015 Ends Having sought the views of our members regarding the proposals contained in the joint An Garda Síochána/Department of Justice and Equality working group report, on the review of firearms licensing, the association made a comprehensive submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.

Further operations are planned over the coming weeks.

Ends We welcome this initiative and would urge landowners, hunters and members of the public to be vigilant over the coming days and weeks when this criminal activity will peak.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is a key stakeholder in the consultation process and we will seek the views of our members over the coming weeks before making a comprehensive submission.

Minister Fitzgerald announces publication of report on firearms licensing Minister seeks submissions from public on proposed changes to licensing system Thursday 13 November, 2014 Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today published the report of the Garda Síochána / Department of Justice and Equality Working Group established to conduct a review of firearms licensing.

The meeting takes place on We received the following Garda statement as part of the ongoing “Operation Bambi” targeting deer poaching.