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Wildlife Crime prosecutions in Ireland

 

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Positive developments and successful wildlife crime prosecutions rarely get national media attention so this prosecutions page aims to provide a platform to highlight the work ‘behind the scenes’ i.e. the extraordinary lengths that dedicated wildlife crime enforcement staff such as National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) personnel go to in order to bring wildlife offenders to court.

Ireland has made great strides since the first Wildlife Crime Conference in 2013. Wildlife crime reporting and prosecution is a multi agency cooperation, and recently, Irish farmers are becoming active in reporting poaching and illegal hare coursing despite the threat of being targeted by criminal gangs.

The Animal Crimes Register is a separate website detailing crimes against all animal species, and prosecutions taken under any legislation (not just wildlife legislation)

If any organisation / individual have details of a prosecution, either successful or unsuccessful; we would encourage them to contact us, so the work undertaken can at least be archived online.

If the general public and government officials are made aware of the work that goes on day and night in the fight against wildlife crime, we believe it will encourage reporting and investment of time and resources into wildlife protection.

       

 

 

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Wildlife Crime Details - 2017

           
           
           

Wildlife Crime Details - 2016

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Wildlife Crime Details - 2015

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Wildlife Crime Details - 2013

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January 2017

Brief summary of case Destruction of hedgerows
Prosecution Date January 13th 2017
Regional Office North Eastern Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Kieran Buckley
Court Navan District Court
Defendants Richard Douglas from Rathmoylan, Co Meath
Legislation Section 40 of the Wildlife Acts
Incident Date 22nd of April 2015
Penalty imposed Fines donated to wildlife charities

REPORT (click to read)

NPWS Report

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (click to read)

Agriland

PHOTO (click for full size image)

Connors   Connors

© Kieran Buckley - NPWS

 


November 2016

Brief summary of case Hunting hares without permission or licence
Prosecution Date November 8th 2016
Regional Office South Eastern Region, An Garda Síochána
Principle Investigator/s Garda Kirwan and O Mahony
Court Athy District Court
Defendants Jerry, Bill, Miley and Dan Connors
Legislation Wildlife Acts; Hunting hares without a licence, Entering land to hunt a wild animal. Control of Dogs Act; No dog licence, No identification collar
Incident Date 22nd November 2015
Penalty imposed Fines to the state, contributions donated to wildlife charity

REPORT (click to read)

An Garda Síochána Report

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October 2016

Brief summary of case Hunting hares without permission or licence
Prosecution Date October 24th 2016
Regional Office North Eastern Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Padraig O’Donnell and Noel Bugler
Court Tullamore District Court
Defendants James Delaney, and his brother John Delaney
Legislation Section 23(5)(b)(i) of the Wildlife Acts
Incident Date 21st October 2015
Penalty imposed Fines donated to wildlife charities

REPORT (click to read)

NPWS Report

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July 2016

Brief summary of case Cutting vegetation outside the legislated time frame
Prosecution Date July 2016
Regional Office North Midlands Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s David McDonagh
Court Cavan District Court
Defendants Patrick Reburn
Legislation Wildlife Act
Incident Date 24th April 2015
Penalty imposed Fines donated to wildlife charity

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (click to read)

The Anglo Celt

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April 2016

Brief summary of case Placing a poisonous bait to kill or poison a grey heron
Prosecution Date April 2016
Regional Office North Eastern Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Kieran Buckley
Court Dundalk District Court
Defendants Colm Fergus
Legislation The prosecution was brought under the Wildlife Acts and the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats)(Restrictions on the Use of Poison Bait) Regulations 2010
Incident Date 19th September 2015
Penalty imposed Fines donated to wildlife charity

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (click to read)

Irish Independent

PHOTOS (click for full size images)

Heron IT Heron II

Left to right:
© Cyril Byrne - The Irish Times
© Louth County Hall - Irish Independent

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March 2016

Brief summary of case 'Grubbing' or cutting the grass verge and areas adjacent to the hedge
Prosecution Date March 2016
Regional Office North Eastern Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Kieran Buckley
Court Dundalk? District Court
Defendants John Long
Legislation Wildlife Acts, but charged with obstruction and failing to stop and comply with a ranger
Incident Date 20th July 2015
Penalty imposed Fines

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (click to read)

Irish Independent

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March 2016

Brief summary of case Persecution of raptors by racing pigeon owners
Prosecution Date March 2016
Regional Office Mid Southern, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Brian Duffy, Cyril Saich
Court Dungarvan District Court
Defendants Stephen and Christopher O'Brien, Kevin and John Crotty
Legislation Wildlife Acts
Incident Date March & April 2014
Penalty imposed Fines

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (click to read)

Dungarvon Observer

REPORT (click to read)

 

PHOTOS (click for full size images)

poisoned Peregrine Falcon Stupefied Sparrowhawk Dead male Peregrine Tethered, live poison pigeon

From left to right:
Dead, poisoned Peregrine Falcon at Carroll's Cross quarry ©Brian Duffy
Stupefied Sparrowhawk after killing poisoned pigeon at Cappagh. It died a short time later ©Brian Duffy
Dead male Peregrine Falcon next to fresh poison pigeon bait at Carroll’s Cross Quarry ©Brian Duffy
Tethered, live poison pigeon bait at Cappagh quarry ©Brian Duffy

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October 2015

Brief summary of case Coursing club members illegally hunt hares
Prosecution Date October 2015
Regional Office North Eastern Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Noel Bugler
Court Tullamore District Court
Defendants John Morrisey, Dan Ryan, Gerry Ryan, Michael Ryan, Thomas Kennedy, Pat Maher, Seamus Hayes, and Ned Morrissey
Legislation Wildlife Acts
Incident Date November 15th 2014
Penalty imposed Fines donated to wildlife charity

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (click to read)

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September 2015

Brief summary of case Three men fined for disturbing badger sett with dog
Prosecution Date September 2015
Regional Office North Eastern Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Kieran Buckley
Court Dublin District Court
Defendants Gavin O'Dowd, Dean and Gavin Fitzpatrick
Legislation Two charges under the Wildlife Acts
Incident Date October 2014
Penalty imposed Fines

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (click to read)

PHOTO (click for full size image)

  Badger baiters

© Tom Tuite - Sunday World

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March 2015

Brief summary of case Offences associated with digging a badger sett
Prosecution Date March 2015
Regional Office North Eastern Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Noel Bugler
Court Tullamore District Court, Judge Catherine Staines
Defendants John Ward. Patrick Ward. David Ward. Callan Ward. Tony Kerrigan
Legislation Wildlife Acts offences; hunting a badger, interfering with the breeding or resting place and hunting on lands without permission
Incident Date August 3rd 2013
Penalty imposed 200 hours Community Service. €300 contribution each to charity. 3 months imprison for 1 accused already in prison

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (click to read)

PHOTO (click for full size image)

  Dug sett

© Noel Bugler

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January 2013

Brief summary of case Disturbing a seagull’s nest and eggs
Prosecution Date 7th Jan 2013
Regional Office North Eastern Region, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Principle Investigator/s Kieran Buckley
Court Dublin? District Court
Defendants Colin Hughes
Legislation Wildlife Acts
Incident Date May 2012
Penalty imposed Fine to Crumlin Children's Hospital

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (click to read)

Irish Independent

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Wildlife Crime Prosecutions - Archive

 
 
 

 


Hares – relates to all forms of hunting or trapping of hares
Birds – refers to all illegal hunting and killing of wild birds
Illegal Traps – refer to the use/sale or import of illegal traps, snares or glue traps
Hedges / Vegetation – including removal/cutting of hedges on roadways/ private property, removal of vegetation by burning
Deer – refers to illegal hunting and killing of deer, by means including lamping and night time hunting
Other – this covers cases not catered for under specific headings, and includes capture of wild birds (not killing), sale of items without appropriate permission/licence, destruction of habitats, CITES infringements, possession of unlicensed birds of prey         

Data from NPWS

2015

Region Crime
Count of Successful Count of Not Successful Count of Outstanding
Eastern Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
3
Hedges/Vegetation
1
Deer
Others
3
Northern Hares
5
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
2
Deer
Others
Southern Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
Deer
1
Others
Western Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
Deer
Others
TOTAL

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2014

Region Crime
Count of Successful Count of Not Successful Count of Outstanding
Eastern Hares
1
Birds
1
1
Illegal Traps
2
Hedges/Vegetation
1
Deer
Others
1
1
Northern Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
Deer
Others
Southern Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
Deer
Others
6
Western Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
3
Deer
Others
1
TOTAL
6
3
9

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2013

Region Crime
Count of Successful Count of Not Successful Count of Outstanding
Eastern Hares
1
Birds
1
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
1
Deer
2
Others
2
Northern Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
1
Deer
Others
1
Southern Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
Deer
1
Others
1
Western Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
1
Deer
Others
TOTAL
10
1
1

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2012

Region Crime
Count of Successful Count of Not Successful Count of Outstanding
Eastern Hares
 
Birds
2
 
Illegal Traps
2
 
Hedges/Vegetation
2
3
 
Deer
1
1
 
Others
4
2
 
Northern Hares
 
Birds
1
 
Illegal Traps
 
Hedges/Vegetation
4
 
Deer
 
Others
2
1
 
Southern Hares
1
 
Birds
 
Illegal Traps
 
Hedges/Vegetation
1
 
Deer
1
 
Others
1
 
Western Hares
 
Birds
 
Illegal Traps
2
 
Hedges/Vegetation
 
Deer
 
Others
 
TOTAL
24
7
 

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2011

Region Crime
Count of Successful Count of Not Successful Count of Outstanding
Eastern Hares
2
Birds
3
1
Illegal Traps
4
Hedges/Vegetation
4
4
Deer
4
1
Others
4
5
1
Northern Hares
1
Birds
1
Illegal Traps
1
Hedges/Vegetation
9
1
1
Deer
1
Others
2
Southern Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
1
2
Deer
Others
2
1
Western Hares
Birds
Illegal Traps
Hedges/Vegetation
Deer
Others
1
1
TOTAL
40
16
2

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2010

Region Crime
Count of Successful Count of Not Successful Count of Outstanding
Eastern Hares
1
 
Birds
 
Illegal Traps
 
Hedges/Vegetation
2
2
 
Deer
1
 
Others
2
 
Northern Hares
1
 
Birds
 
Illegal Traps
2
 
Hedges/Vegetation
1
1
 
Deer
1
 
Others
1
 
Southern Hares
1
 
Birds
1
1
 
Illegal Traps
 
Hedges/Vegetation
6
 
Deer
 
Others
1
 
Western Hares
 
Birds
1
 
Illegal Traps
 
Hedges/Vegetation
1
 
Deer
 
Others
2
 
TOTAL
22
7
 

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NPWS Main Offices

Northern Division
Ballinafad,
Nr. Boyle,
Co. Roscommon.
Tel: 071 9666701 / 9666700

Southern Division
7 Eastgate Avenue,
Eastgate,
Little Island,
Co. Cork.
Tel: 021 4619901

Eastern Division
7 Ely Place,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 8883243

Western Division
3rd Floor,
The Plaza Offices,
Headford Road,
Galway
Tel. 091 758432

 

Geographical Regions within Divisions

Northern Region
Sligo
North Leitrim
Donegal

Mid Southern
Region

Tipperary
Limerick
Waterford
East Cork

North Eastern
Region

Dublin
Louth
Meath
Kildare
Offaly
Laois
Office:

Mid Western
Region

Clare
East Galway

North Midlands
Region
Westmeath
Longford
Monaghan
Cavan
Roscommon
South Leitrim

South Western
Region

Kerry
West Cork

South Eastern
Region

Wicklow
Wexford
Kilkenny
Carlow

Western Region
Mayo
West Galway

For a list of NPWS personnel working in these counties, go to www.irishwildlifematters.ie

 


 

An Garda Síochána Geographical Regions

For policing purposes the country is divided into 6 regions, each of which is commanded by an Assistant Commissioner.

The 6 regions are:

Dublin Metropolitan Region
Dublin

Northern Region
Donegal
Sligo
Leitrim
Cavan
Monaghan
Louth

Western Region
Mayo
Roscommon
Longford
Galway
Clare

Eastern Region
Meath
Westmeath
Laois
Offaly
Kildare
Wicklow

Southern Region
Kerry
Limerick
Cork

South Eastern Region
Tipperary
Kilkenny
Carlow
Waterford
Wexford