Monday 23 April 2018

There's nothing to fear as kite-flying Deenihan has lift-off

Three of the 26 red kites, which were released into the wild yesterday at Newbridge Demesne in Donabate, Co Dublin
Three of the 26 red kites, which were released into the wild yesterday at Newbridge Demesne in Donabate, Co Dublin
One of the kites leaves its perch

Grainne Cunningham

IF you're a politician trying to fly a kite, persistence is key.

And so it was with Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan who, after a little bit of coaxing, managed to get an impressive 26 kites airborne yesterday evening

The minister was at Newbridge Demesne in Donabate, north Dublin, to oversee the release of young red kites into the wild, as part of an ongoing project to restore this native bird of prey to Ireland, 200 years after they became extinct.

Project coordinator Dr Mark Ruddock from the Golden Eagle Trust said the release went "fantastically well".

Unfortunately, the programme has suffered a number of setbacks in recent times, with the discovery of dead birds which later tested positive for poison.

Mr Deenihan said: "It is very important that there is a change of attitude and that the National Parks and Wildlife Service work closely with landowners to convince them they have nothing to fear from these birds."

Irish Independent

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