The ICC was before the High Court today (January 4) seeking leave to progress a Judicial Review concerning the decision of the Minister for Health to exclude the activity of coursing from SI 695/2020 and SI 701/2020 on December 24 2020 and December 31 2020 respectively.
Coursing was permitted under SI 560/2020 enacted on December 1 2020 and without consultation, notice or explanation it was not included on the revised SI 695/2020 issued on December 24 2020 or SI 701/2020 issued on December 31 2020. On December 24 2020 the ICC immediately sought an explanation from two Government Departments but no response has been received to date.
The judge has granted leave to the ICC for a Judicial Review and the matter is returnable this Friday, January 8th for the hearing of an injunction to permit the remainder of the coursing season to take place. The club wish to establish the reason as to why coursing was removed from the statutory instrument when comparable sports were retained, while all bodies operated under strict Covid-19 protocols, as did coursing.
An update will be posted on this website following Friday’s hearing.