High stocking rates got Ireland condemned by the EU Court of Justice. At that time Ireland promised REPS and cuts to stocking rates and the introcution of REPS to meet the requirement to maintain the 'ecological needs of habitats inside and outside the protected zones'
Now REPs is closed and funding has been allocated to its replacement, AEOS. There is a clear danger that the factors which brought Ireland before the Court of Justice ten years ago are coming back again.
We have also asked the Minister to reverse the Exclusion of non-breeding horses from stocking density calculations. This will encourage breeding of horses when there is a current serious surplus in Ireland.