Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Criminal Prosecutions Data
I propose to take Questions Nos. 976 and 977 together.
There were 30 successful prosecution cases taken by my Department under the Wildlife Acts, which incorporate relevant provisions in the Heritage Act 2018, for the period 2016 to date. A yearly breakdown is a follows:
- In 2016, 9 successful prosecutions
- In 2017, 8 successful prosecutions
- In 2018, 11 successful prosecutions and
- To date in 2019, 2 successful prosecutions
These prosecutions cover a variety of offenses under the Wildlife Acts including destruction of vegetation, illegal hare and duck hunting, the laying of poison and the sale of illegal traps.