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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Hounds chased

Safety Officers in Irish Rail have contacted a Wexford hunt after hearing how hounds had chased a fox along a track as a train approached. The Irish Field reported about the incident, which happened in 2006, stating that the hounds disturbed a fox who 'ran in the direction of the Slaney River, and then proceeded along the centre of railway line with the full pack in pursuit. As

fox on to railway

Safety Officers in Irish Rail have contacted a Wexford hunt after hearing how hounds had chased a fox along a track as a train approached.

The Irish Field reported about the incident, which happened in 2006, stating that the hounds disturbed a fox who 'ran in the direction of the Slaney River, and then proceeded along the centre of railway line with the full pack in pursuit. As a train came in his direction he skipped right and went to ground beside the line'.

The matter was brought to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann CEO, Richard Fearn by the Irish Council against Blood Sports only last week.

Mr Fearn expressed regret that as the incident reportedly took place last year, no action could now be taken against the hunt in question.

However, he stressed that the hunt has been contacted by the company.

'My Chief Safety and Security Officer has written a follow-up letter to the hunt concerned highlighting our awareness of the article and advising them of the seriousness with which we will take any future examples of trespass on the railway,' he said.

Earlier this year, ICABS welcomed Iarnrod Eireann's announcement that they were to contact all hunts to warn them that those caught trespassing on tracks would be prosecuted.

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