A South Mayo Cllr. has again raised his concerns over illegal hare coursing in the region.

Fine Gael’s Patsy O’Brien says he has been inundated with calls from farmers over the Christmas period where illegal hare coursing has been taking place on their lands.

Farmers have been highlighting increasing issues with illegal hare coursing and often report feeling powerless when faced with groups of men hunting with dogs.

Farmers are advised to contact gardaí immediately if they witness trespassers on their property.

Cllr. O’Brien the biggest problem is that prosecution isn’t taking place when cases are brought before the courts.

He feels this time of year in particular is crucial for farmers and says the farming community in South Mayo, want immediate action.

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