Goldfinches at centre of rare legal action at Limerick District Court

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The case came before Limerick District Court for the first time last Friday

The case came before Limerick District Court for the first time last Friday

WHILE a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, three in cage could lead to a criminal conviction for one man.

In one of the first cases of its kind in Limerick, a prosecution has been initiated under the Wildlife Act 1976 after three wild Goldfinches were allegedly captured by a man who lives in Clonlara.

The defendant, who is being prosecuted by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaelteacht, is accused of being in possession of the three “live perching birds” at his home on April 12, 2018.

The case, which came before Limerick District Court for the first time last Friday, was adjourned to next month.