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04-10-2019, 16:31   #1051
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Seán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail)
102. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the new regulations that have been introduced in relation to the safeguarding of ammunition in respect of shotguns and the requirement for them to be kept in a locked box in vehicles when they are not on the property of the owner; the consultation and the organisations that were involved in the discussions prior to these rules or regulations being introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40197/19]


David Stanton (Cork East, Fine Gael)
As the Deputy may be aware, Statutory Instrument 420 of 2019 European Communities (Acquisition and Possession of Weapons and Ammunition) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 gives effect to Directive (EU) 2017/853 in national law.

The main changes introduced relate to:

- marking of firearms;
- new storage requirements for firearms and ammunition;
- prohibition of the acquisition of large capacity magazines; and
- prohibition of certain firearms.

There was some consultation as part of the process of making this SI. All registered firearms dealers were invited to an initial consultation meeting with officials of my Department in Mullingar in August 2018, at which the new EU Directive was discussed. I understand that over 250 invitations were issued to that consultation and that 51 firearms dealers attended.

It may be noted that there was significant time pressure for production of this Statutory Instrument, due to infringement proceedings commenced against Ireland by the European Commission. As such it was unfortunately not possible to organise a further consultation in advance of the making of the Statutory Instrument, between completion of the drafting process in July 2019 and signature of the regulations in August 2019.

I understand that the Statutory Instrument has now been circulated to members of the Firearms Consultative Panel and Registered Firearms Dealers and it has also been published on my Department's website, along with a guidance note.

Finally, I can confirm to the Deputy that my officials recently met with representatives of the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), to allow them to outline any concerns. I have asked my officials to consider the matters raised and to consult with the Office of the Attorney General, where relevant. The NARGC has also been advised to contact An Garda Síochána for clarification on their guidelines on the Statutory Instrument.
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How on earth can anyone vote FF after the gangsterism that they went on with under Ahern and Biffo ?
"My Father voted for them, so did my Grandfather, and all my family so i'll vote for them".

That is what you have to overcome. 100 years of lemmings. In their defense there is no workable opposition. Greens, SF, Lib Dems, Labour, and God help us the Socialists combined wouldn't stand up to FF or FG, and even if they did who in the name of Jesus would want that bag of skittles making policy?

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Are the Irish that thick?.
Some, yes. Others are swayed by morality, some by emotion, more still by misunderstanding on party principles. Then we have between 20 to 39% that don't bother voting.
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"completion of the drafting process in July 2019 and signature of the regulations in August 2019."

Not much time given to discuss the proposals, almost signed before they were drafted.
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D. Stanton on lack of consultation with stakeholders "It may be noted that there was significant time pressure for production of this Statutory Instrument, due to infringement proceedings commenced against Ireland by the European Commission. As such it was unfortunately not possible to organise a further consultation in advance of the making of the Statutory Instrument,"

C. Flanagan on lack of consultation for DP development in Oughterard "We have international obligations, and national obligations, as far as persons from the international stage seeking asylum in this country is concerned. I acknowledge that we don’t have too many choices."

https://www.thejournal.ie/justice-mi...06957-Sep2019/



Keep blaming the EU, lads - sure what harm can it do to democracy?
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05-10-2019, 17:00   #1055
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Keep blaming the EU, lads - sure what harm can it do to democracy?
The irish have done so much arse-licking of the eu to get the free money over the years, we are now nothing more than a lapdop. The eu can dish out whatever crap they want and there will be no opposition from these shores.
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Thinking maybe we should hire a 13 to 16 year old teenage girl asan activist and spokes woman for Irish shooting? Was watching RTE newstoday,and what with Gerta Thunaborg doing her thing in the UN,we had two reports with 13 year old female teenagers being used as spokes people in reports.One for the Irish cement protest in Limerick,and one for some anti anti direct provision? maybe get one to doss off school and picket the DOJ with a "Saturdays for Range time !" Or "lead for our future!"sign??? Seems to be all the rage...
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Thinking maybe we should hire a 13 to 16 year old teenage girl asan activist and spokes woman for Irish shooting? Was watching RTE newstoday,and what with Gerta Thunaborg doing her thing in the UN,we had two reports with 13 year old female teenagers being used as spokes people in reports.One for the Irish cement protest in Limerick,and one for some anti anti direct provision? maybe get one to doss off school and picket the DOJ with a "Saturdays for Range time !" Or "lead for our future!"sign??? Seems to be all the rage...
There are some great comedy sketches online about that Thunaberg. The best one was the comedian saying the government must think they have died and gone to heaven, they have thousands of kids and young people protesting outside for the govenment to raise taxes , you couldn't make it up.
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163. To ask the Tiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of guns seized by An Garda Sh in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41023/19]


Charles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda authorities and I will contact the Deputy directly once this information is to hand.
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531. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of proposals to ban a substance (details supplied); and her views in relation to same. [41079/19]


Josepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) was developed under the UN Convention on Migratory Species. Ireland signed up to the Agreement in 2003. The agreement includes a commitment that “Parties shall endeavour to phase out the use of lead shot for hunting in wetlands as soon as possible in accordance with self-imposed and published timetables." This is because there is slow accumulation of lead from shot in wetlands where hunting occurs. The lead is generally harmful in the environment and can also be consumed by wildfowl which often swallow small pieces of hard materials such as gravel and the like, to assist the maceration of vegetable matter in their gizzards.

The European Commission have published an initial draft Regulation for consideration by Member States on the use of lead shot in wetlands following a report on the matter by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). It is my understanding that the proposal, should it ultimately progress into law, would make provision for a lead-in time to facilitate the making of arrangements to source alternatives to lead shot. It is Ireland's understanding the majority of Member States currently have some restrictions on the use of lead shot over wetlands.

My Department is aware that the ban on using lead in gunshot would provide a range of difficulties to transition to new guns/gunshot for many gun owners in Ireland, including farmers and hunters. In those Member States which do have some restrictions, many gun owners already have guns with non-lead shot ammunition. This would not be the case in Ireland where a considerable number of gun owners would have to make alternative arrangements, in many cases to purchase new guns.

Discussions with the REACH Committee (which is within the remit of the ECHA), are ongoing. Ireland is represented on the Committee by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and will be requesting a lead-in time of sufficient length for the implementation of the Regulation.
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Can anyone else smell it........................................










........................ ah, the unmistakable scent of electioneering.
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1215. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 37 of 19 September 2019, if there has been recent developments in respect of discussions with the REACH committee; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45440/19]


Josepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
As stated in my reply to Parliamentary Question No 37 of 19 September my Department is aware that the EU draft Regulation on the use of lead in gunshot could provide a range of difficulties to transition to new guns/gunshot for many gun owners in Ireland, including farmers and hunters, as many gun owners could have to make alternative arrangements, in many cases to purchase new guns. I am committed to ensuring that this matter is addressed in consultation with all relevant stakeholders and that all potential impacts are fully considered. This process of consultation is continuing. All proposals will be comprehensively evaluated, including extended lead-in times.

In this regard, my Department recently submitted a document for circulation to the REACH Committee of the European Union suggesting an extended lead-in time to enable hunters and farmers and other stakeholders in the country to make the necessary arrangements.
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"In this regard, my Department recently submitted a document for circulation to the REACH Committee of the European Union suggesting an extended lead-in time to enable hunters and farmers and other stakeholders in the country to make the necessary arrangements".


There's an election coming up, so we'll kick this down the road and let the next lot deal with it ?
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Nail,head there. Bummer if FG get in again.:eek:The problem is still there to deal with.
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Nail,head there. Bummer if FG get in again.:eek:The problem is still there to deal with.
If FG get in again, i'll despair of this country
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If FG get in again, i'll despair of this country
Going off-piste here seeing as this has nothing to do with parliamentary questions but lads, we have fcukall options when it comes to voting. It's some sort of FFG combination and that's about it.

We are damned if we do and damned if we don't.
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