Jarveys banned from Killarney National Park

14 Jul

Jarveys, who operate jaunting cars Co Kerry, have been banned from Killarney National Park following their refusal to use so-called dung-catching devices on their horses. The National Parks and Wildlife Service says the soiling of pathways in the park by the jarveys’ horses is unacceptable.

They have offered to pay for the dung-catching devices, but the jarveys’ claim they are unsafe and dangerous.

45 jarveys have licences from the NPWS to operate 66 horse-drawn jaunting cars in Killarney National Park. They offer tours of Muckross, Torc and Ross Island on 15km of internal roads and paths to almost 1m people who visit the park every year. But the soiling of those roads and pathways by the jarveys’ horses has consistently been a contentious issue and the NPWS has said it is no longer acceptable.

After 18 months of consultations and negotiations, the NPWS closed the jaunting car entrances to the park at 6am this morning. The parks service says the decision was taken as none of the jaunting cars hold a valid permit which requires the use of dung catchers to operate within the park.

They say jarveys will be banned until they sign up to using the dung-catching devices.

Killarney National Park remains open to the public.

via RTÉ News.

One Response to “Jarveys banned from Killarney National Park”

  1. Paudie o Donovan July 15, 2009 at 15:42 #

    The Muckross jarveys have informed the Minister for Environment, Heritage & Local Government, Mr John Gormley and local National Park and Wildlife Service officials of their dismay at recent events at Killarney National Park and the damaging effect of same on the livelihood of local people and the tourism industry in Killarney as a whole.
    The Muckross Jarveys are disappointed that the relevant Authorities have been unable to resolve key issues in a less public manner and in a fashion less likely to cause entrenchment between the parties.
    The actions of the NPWS which has resulted in a lockout of Jarveys at Killarney National Park are clearly very unhelpful and do not contribute in any way to finding a mutually acceptable resolution of the issues between the parties.

    Prior to the lockout of the 14th July The Muckross jarveys sought and engaged independent expert veterinary and health and safety advice on the suitability of the proposed catcher. The unanimous opinion of these experts is that the present proposals are

    (a) Completely unsuitable for use with the two-wheeled vehicles used within Killarney National Park and which will add to, and not detract from, the intrinsic level of risk which already attaches to an Equestrian context
    (b) Do not work effectively, – with trials carried out by the NPWS expert demonstrating that at least 20% will not be collected by the catchers
    (c) Will compromise’ animal health
    (d) Will Jeopardize the health and safety of drivers, as well as members of the public in proximity to the vehicles
    Prior to the lockout the Minister and the NPWS were informed of these concerns and were invited to share their expert reports. The NPWS did not respond to this request.
    In addition contrary to the perception that the Muckross Jarveys are being intransigent there is a genuine willingness on our part to deal with the issues currently under review. A number of alternative proposals were put forward, these included
    (a) The provision of an appropriate mechanical device such a “Paddock Vacuum” machine which would offer the best solution to resolving the soiling of paths in the National Park once and for all. Our research indicates that this would require minimum capital investment and would be versatile enough to be used by Park staff for additional tasks such as leaf and litter collection thereby adding to the parks overall amenity. We understand that the NPWS has in fact a mechanical road sweeper but have declined to use same. We also understand that a similar machine is owned by Killarney UDC .
    (b) Another environmentally sensitive option requiring minimum capital investment would be to employ someone to brush the pathways on a regular basis.
    All our proposals were rejected
    The Muckross Jarveys feel that an alternative range of measures are needed to address the current situation. They have requested that immediate talks take place with a view to finding a mutually acceptable solution to the current impasse and now await confirmation from the Minister and the NPWS on what course of action they wish to follow.

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