04/03/15

04/03/2015 : Ministers Humphreys and Hayes publish Deer Management report and launch Irish Deer Management Forum

Wednesday, 4th March 2015—Ms. Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Mr. Tom Hayes T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today published the report Deer Management in Ireland – A Framework for Actionand also announced the membership of the Deer Management Forum.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Forest Service of Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Coillte, together with relevant stakeholders, have been working on policy recommendations relating to deer conservation and management.

The report recommends a series of actions on deer management and conservation in a number of areas including reviewing regulatory and administrative frameworks, land uses and economic interests, information, research, monitoring and economic opportunities.     Other actions include the protection of native red deer, reducing the negative impacts of non-native deer species and enhancing skills and best practice.

Both Ministers have agreed to the establishment of the Irish Deer Management Forum to implement the various actions listed in the Report.  The Forum itself comprises representatives from the main stakeholder areas such as landowners, forestry, hunting and conservation organisations as well as representatives from both Departments.    The Ministers have appointed the members to the Forum and have also appointed Ms. Judith Annett as Chairperson of the Forum.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“I would like to thank all of the stakeholders involved for the work involved in producing this final report.   The production of the report was a significant challenge in attempting to balance the demands of agriculture, forestry and conservation.   The development of management strategies should recognise the importance of conserving wild deer species as part of Ireland’s rich natural heritage and biodiversity, while also recognising the needs of the agricultural sector. I am happy to see that this principle is acknowledged in the report.”

Minister Hayes commented:

“The Report lists a range of actions to address the whole issue of deer management across the country.  I am pleased to say that the series of stakeholder consultation exercises led to a large degree of consensus in identifying some of the key actions.”

Arrangements are now being made to hold the first meeting of the Irish Deer Management Forum.

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Note to Editors:

You can access the ‘Deer Management in Ireland – A Framework for Action’ report here:

http://www.npws.ie/news/publication-report-deer-management-ireland

 

Membership – Irish Deer Management Forum:

 

Name

Organisation

Sectoral Interest

Judith Annett

Countryside Consultant

Chair

Chris Fox

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA)

Farming

Pat Hennessy

Irish Farmers Association (IFA)

Farming

Tom Short

Irish Farmers Association (IFA)

Farming

Sean Doris

National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC)

Hunting

Damian Hannigan

Wild Deer Association of Ireland

Hunting

John Fenton

Association of Game Shoot Operators (AGSO)

Hunting

Paddy Purser

Pro Silva Ireland/SIF/AIFC

Forestry

Barry Coad

Coillte

Forestry

Sean Eustace

Wicklow Forest Owners Group

Ministerial Nomination

Liam Nolan

Deer Alliance

Training

Jim Walsh

Individual

Research

Declan Little

Woodlands of Ireland

Conservation

Declan O’Neill

Wicklow Deer Management Partnership

Deer Management Group

Seamus Dunne

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Government Department

James O’Keeffe

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Government Department

John O’Neill

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Government Department

Wesley Atkinson

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Government Department

Tim Burkitt

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Government Department

Gerry Leckey

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Government Department

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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