I wish to update coursing club members, owners, trainers, sponsors and supporters, of the amended legislation dealing with exempted sporting activities during Covid-19 Level 5 that is effective from December 24 at 3pm.
On December 2, Coursing was included on SI 560 of 2020 and this legislation is now amended in the form of SI 695 of 2020, resulting in coursing not being permitted as the country enters Level 5 status.
The ICC Executive is seeking clarity in respect of this amendment given the rationale for inclusion on the original SI has not changed. This query is being addressed to the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Agriculture.
With deep regret, this means the Christmas/New Year calendar of events cannot take place as scheduled and no netting of hares will take place in compliance with legislation.
I will update you further when more information is to hand.
In the meantime, I wish you and your families a peaceful and safe Christmas.