The Minister’s responsibility under the Wildlife Acts relates to wildlife conservation and for ensuring the conservation of certain wildlife species, including hares. The control of live hare coursing, including the operation of individual coursing meetings and managing the use of hares for that activity, is carried out under the Greyhound Industry Act 1958 which is the responsibility of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Hare coursing is administered by the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) which is a body set up under the Greyhound Industry Act 1958. Legal provisions for coursing enable the regulatory authorities to control coursing and reduce the attraction of illegal, unregulated coursing activity. It is important to note that all greyhounds are muzzled during these coursing events.
Licences issued to the ICC under the Wildlife Acts to capture and tag hares for coursing meetings for the 2022/2023 season
- Section 26 Licence Kilflynn
- Section 32 Licence to Mark and Tag Hares
- Section 34 Licence to Net Hares