We took the RTE Prime Time crew out onto the mountain in Enniskerry on the morning of 23rd February for a deer stalk which they had asked to see as part of the above planned programme.  There was plenty of snow, freezing cold weather but a beautiful clear sunny day.  We saw five deer and shot two with crisp clean shots resulting in instant death.  Couldn’t have been better!  The gralloching was not filmed.  At my suggestion Paul Walsh did the interview from a deer stalker’s perspective.  He was excellent!

The producer said that while she had very much enjoyed the Harbour House demonstration shoot for the Oireachtas Justice Committee members, she was much more into what she had experienced with us on the mountain and expressed a wish to come back out with us at a later date.  She will notify me of the Prime Time broadcast date as soon as it is decided and the programme format.  When I have that information, I will publish it immediately to everyone I can.

In preparation for the programme, everyone who shoots or who supports shooting/hunting needs to be geared up for sending comment by email, twitter, fax, text, letter and phonecall to every politician in their area while the programme is on air and especially immediately after it!!!!  We will only get one opportunity to do this so please make it count!  Politicians will be watching to see what the reaction is to the programme.  Don’t let our critics have the day!  Get active and send your comments.  Head your comment PRIME TIME.  The comments need to be short and varied:



  • This is just middle Ireland being attacked again.
  • You have taken away our post offices, our Garda stations, our hospital beds, our teachers; you have made us pay more for our water, our sceptic tanks and now you propose to take away our sport.
  • Why should law abiding citizens be penalised for the actions of criminals?
  • By what logic has the decision been made to make law abiding citizens suffer because the Gardai can’t do their job effectively?
  • Criminals are targeting areas where Garda stations have been closed and where the number of Gardai were reduced. If criminals are stealing firearms from legal owners it is as a result of the Garda’s and government’s own policies.
  • Leave the legally held guns alone.  They are not the problem.
  • The Gardai would do better seizing the tens of thousands of illegal guns in the hands of the criminals.
  • Burglaries are now on the increase. There would be no firearms stolen if the Gardai got on top of the burglaries but with Garda stations closed there is little hope of that.
  • The Gardai are talking of legally held guns being a public safety issue. What a joke! Senior officers see nothing wrong in cancelling penalty points for their families, friends and colleagues for no good reason thereby endorsing bad behaviour on the roads, mostly speeding, where nearly 200 people were killed in 2014.  But not one person was killed with a legally held firearm in that year nor in the previous year nor in the previous year either.
  • What about all the illegal guns coming in with drug shipments? They would be better off tackling that instead of hassling law abiding citizens.
  • Can the Gardai tell us how many guns will be removed from the hands of criminals if they start banning legally held guns.  I would love to know their answer to that question.
  • If politicians give in to what the Gardai want, they will be just rewarding them for breaking the law in all the court cases taken.  If they do that, no votes for them at this house.
  • I’m fed up of the Gardai trying to take away our sport. Us shooters are law abiding citizens and we are not a danger to anyone.  How dare they!
  • The only answer to this totally unjustified attack on shooters again is to make the politicians pay at the ballot box.

These are just some examples of the sort of comments which should be sent to all politicians, but especially those on the Justice Committee.  Please draft your own comments also and/or vary the ones above, but we implore you not to send any abusive comments.  These are counter-productive and serve only to damage our cause.  Just one comment per person please.  We need literally thousands of comments and messages going to the politicians when the programme is broadcast.


We need to email and correspond with every RGC and club on this.  WE WILL PUT THE PROGRAMME DATE UP ON THE NARGC, NASRPC, WA1500, THE SPORTS COALITION AND OTHER RELEVANT WEBSITES as soon as we know the date.

The contact details for the politicians can be accessed on the link below:

Please get, not only every club member, but also their family members and friends and supporters to send a comment to every politician in their areas when the programme is broadcast.  We also need the support of our hunting and fishing colleagues in FACE Ireland in the same urgent way.

You should prepare your comment NOW and have your email, letter, fax etc., ready so that you can dispatch it the moment the Prime time programme is over.  Check who the politicians are in your constituency and have your message for each of them ready and get your friends and family to be equally ready.


I can only impress upon you that this is likely to be a decisive moment and you must not lose it by inaction.


Des Crofton

National Director – NARGC &

Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition


  1. Bart Whelan jnr

    I am a hunter and I shoot clay pigeon I think it’s wrong to try and take away people’s guns who have been shooting for sport for years and have licenced and legal fire arms..

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with all of the example points made above, I do think the Gardai (who cannot all be tarred with the same brush) are suffering enough with personnel cut backs and barrack closures, would be much better off committing their efforts in areas where the threat of violence with weapons actually exists instead of pushing this agenda against honest decent citizens who love their sport and have satisfied all of the security criteria to have their firearms.

  3. A lot of the suggested comments there are really anti Garda, just to point out its Garda management that want this, lots of normal guards shoot and there are even a number of Garda shooting clubs for various types (clay, pistol etc)

    So instead of if the guards did their jobs Eric etc, how about if the gardai were properly resourced and allocated as a line of attack.

  4. I’m a none NARGC member, but i totally agree with the NARGC’s recommendations as it seems logical to me and so do the local community here in fanaboy agree with you. It’s an assault on ordinary people who never break the law. I’m currently submitting by post to the NARG’s office a filled in petition of all us who care about these sports and wildlife together. I do hope we are not too late in posting on wednesday.

  5. Gerfitz

    Barristers often win cases by questioning the credibility of their opponent.

    Contacting prime time tonight and politely asking

    Whether it is good practice to base legislation on shaky statistics

    Whether the proposals have the backing of the present Garda Commissioner – given that they originated with the departed Commissioner, whose departure is under inquiry

    Would achieve the desired effect.

  6. John A Fitzgerald

    The minister and An Garda Siochana should concentrate on removing the many unlicensed weapons held by the criminal elements in this State and stop making scapegoats of the many thousands of law abiding citizens who have bent over backwards to conform with the many conditions imposed on them under the terms of the firearms Act to enable them to qualify to hold a legally held firearm. The distortion of the facts by Mr Finian Mc Grath TD is a down right disgrace.He and the Minister should realise that the thousands of law abiding licensed firearms holders do have a vote and will know how to exercise it when the time comes.

  7. benny murphy

    i have held a gun liceince since i was 17 im now 39 and have a s/a for the last 15 years it is worng to put hunters alike in the same bracked as crimles sorry about the spelling