Monday 14 October 2019

Army should be deployed as deer 'take over' Kerry - Danny Healy-Rae

Danny Healy-Rae. Photo: Tom Burke
Danny Healy-Rae. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

THE UK government has the army on standby in case of riots over Brexit – but the Irish Defence Forces could be called out to deal with deer in Kerry.

Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has told the Dáil there is “turmoil and tears” in the Kingdom as a result of wild deer.

“The deer are entering towns and villages, and estates around Killarney, and they have taken the place over,” he said.

Mr Healy-Rae claimed there have been serious car accidents and “young fellows are crying after paying dearly for insurance and getting their driver’s licence”.

“If someone shoots a deer, the national parks, the rangers and the guards all come down on top of them. Yet when the deer damage a car and people are injured or die as a result of these accidents, which has happened, no one does anything about it.”

He called for the army to be deployed to make roads in Kerry safe again.

In response, Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan said there is a deer management programme in place for Killarney National Park.

“I believe a cull is under way there at present. If the Deputy has any specific instances which he would like to bring to our attention, I ask him to please do so,” she said.

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