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.It should be noted, conviction on indictment under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, carry fines and imprisonment up to a fine not exceeding €250,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years, or to both. The report cites public safety as the basis for the proposed changes.
All suspected activity should be reported to your local Garda station, NPWS conservation ranger or you can contact us in confidence. However, there is no relationship between the ownership of legally held, sporting firearms and criminal activity and to suggest so is Mr.Issue Date: 05/02/2015 Glen Carney, of 52, Cloonmore Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24 appeared in custody at Naas District Court on Wednesday 4th. Evidence of Arrest, Charge and Caution were formally tendered by Detective Garda Niall Moloney of Carlow Detective Unit in front of Judge Desmond Zaidan. The offence of cruelty as enshrined under Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013...hunting a deer at night time using a lamp and hounds. David Stanton TD, Chairman of the Joint Committee , has invited the association to a meeting of the Committee to brief/discuss our submission in relation to the Review of Firearms Licensing.It is also alleged the AGHE as part of their approach suggest that once the individual has completed their Trained Person/Hunter requirements for the sale of game to AGHE’s, they can sign off on the carcasses they purchase as having met the necessary inspection requirements.Again this is incorrect and an offence as the requirements state “person (trained person/hunter) was present when the animal was shot”.A common theme in some of these shootings is that the firearms used are legally owned.
I think it is only right that we consider options now, rather than endure a similar tragedy here”.
The charges all have their genesis in Operation Bambi and are predicated on alleged poaching of deer in the area of West Wicklow.
The defendant pleaded guilty in court to the offences which were detected in 2014 under Operation Bambi.
In addition to the forfeiture of firearms, lamps, knives, binoculars and other items, the defendant was ordered to make a donation of €2,000 for the exclusive use of Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland.
Ends We received the following statement this evening from Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality.
This has to be seen against the background that An Garda Síochána is largely an unarmed police force.” The main recommendations in the report are: o That the licensing of handguns be confined to specified Olympic handguns o That the licensing of centre-fire semi-automatic rifles be prohibited o That the licensing of semi-automatic shotguns with a capacity of greater than three cartridges be prohibited o That the grounds for disentitlement to hold firearms be expanded to include persons convicted of certain additional offences o That the grounds for an appeal to the District Court against a refusal to grant a firearms certificate be extended o That the reloading of ammunition be permitted in a controlled manner.