Judge says State not killing enough deer as motorists face danger of deer landing on their car bonnets
A judge has stated that the State agency responsible for wildlife is not doing enough to kill sufficient numbers of deer resulting in motorists facing the danger of deer landing on their car bonnets.
Judge Patrick Durcan made his comment at Killaloe District Court after a Co Roscommon man pleaded guilty to hunting deer without a licence near the east Clare village of Scarriff on January 21st last.
In the case, 42 year old father of three, Brian Dolan of Cloonslanor, Strokestown, admitted shooting a male fallow deer at Gortnaderra, Scarriff on January 21 last.
Judge Durcan said yesterday that Mr Dolan is a decent man, had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity “and I am not going to criminalise him over this. He has done all the right things”.
Instead, Judge Durcan ordered that Mr Dolan pay €100 to the Court Discretionary Fund or Poor Box and that would be the end of the matter.
Solicitor for Brian Dolan, James Nash said that there is “an epidemic of deer” in east Clare and that his client was only 21 days outside the permitted season for shooting deer which goes from September 1 to December 31.
Judge Durcan said that if the man had wasn’t three weeks late shooting the deer, he wouldn’t be guilty.
At the court sitting at O’Donovan’s bar in Ballina, Judge Durcan said “certain roads in this country are a danger because deer are quite capable of jumping into your pathway”.