Need for Action on Deer Report – Connaughton

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The need for action on a report on problems being caused by wild deer in south Galway was highlighted this week by Paul Connaughton T.D.

‘A number of months ago I met with Minister Deenihan, local IFA officials and local farmers in Loughrea and the farmers outlined to Minister Deenihan the problems they were experiencing following a significant rise in the deer population locally. The Minister was told of fences being destroyed, crops eaten and the dangers posed to motorists in the region by the explosion in deer numbers in recent years.

‘Following that meeting, a report was to be drawn up on how best to manage the deer population in the region.  My understanding is that the report has been published and I believe that the recommendations of that report should be implemented as soon as possible.  The matter was then passed on to Minister of State Shane McEntee and since his tragic death, no action has been taken on the matter.

‘I believe that a new Junior Minister for Agriculture should be appointed who can take over this brief and work with local farmers and farm organisations to ensure that this deer management report is implemented.  I will continue to push for the appointment of a new Junior Minister for Agriculture so that this plan can be implemented in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the problem of wild deer in south Galway is brought under control in a proper manner to protect the livelihoods of the farmers in the area.’