Though a ban on hare coursing wasn't included in the PFG, the coursing fraternity is very, very worried about an unrelated issue...it lost its case v a property developer in the High Court earlier this year...it revolved around a claim by the developer that the ICC (Irish Coursing Club) had reneged on an agreed contract re sale of a piece of property. (full details on case on Courts.ie website)
The developer, Greenband Investments, is seeking very substantial damages and costs, which could run into millions of Euro.
After losing the case in the High Court, the ICC appealed, as is its right, to the Supreme Court.
The problem for the ICC is that if the Supreme Court rejects that appeal the future of this umbrella body for hare coursing in Ireland will be very bleak indeed. The costs and damages could be astronomical.
Lots of people on both sides of the hare coursing controversy are watching these high stake legal developments very closely. While nonody can second-guess what the Supreme Court's decision will be,some of us have a certain expectation, shall we say!
An internet search will reveal some very interesting articles following the progress of this case,..
As an opponent of hare coursing myself, I have a particular view on this. Let's see what happens!!!