Wednesday 13 August 2014 23.00
An investigation is under way after a peregrine falcon was found shot in Co Wexford.
The falcon had to be euthanised due to the extent of its injuries.
Peregrine falcons are native Irish birds of prey and are accorded the highest possible legal protection under Irish and European law.
The deliberate killing of such birds is a criminal offence.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is seeking help from the public after the bird was found shot at Ballynastraw near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
An X-ray confirmed that the falcon was shot with shotgun pellets in its wing and leg.