A Kerry senator has labelled proposed shooting and hunting legislation as highly impractical.
The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is considering a regulation that will ban shooting and hunting between midnight and 6am during the period September 31st to March 31st.
Senator Mark Daly says the proposals, while being an effort to ensure health and safety in rural areas, will adversely affect farmers’ ability to manage their livestock.
He believes the regulations may force farmers to find indiscriminate ways to protect their livelihoods, such as the poisoning of foxes, which could harm other wildlife.
The Fianna Fáil senator adds there are economic repercussions attached the proposed ban.