Waterford City & County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

20 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Breda Brennan (Sinn Fein, Waterford City and County Council)
“I personally am against blood sports and animal cruelty of any kind.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Joe Conway (Independent, Waterford City and County Council)
“As one who has due regard for all living things, I support wholeheartedly your stance on animal cruelty. I took a stand – while Mayor – of non-cooperation with any circus owners who took their ‘show’ to town here.” from an email to ICABS, March 2014.

Cllr Damien Geoghegan (Fine Gael, Waterford City and County Council)
In April 2013, Cllr Geoghegan tweeted a photo from the “Dungarvan Harriers Hunt Ball 1957”. In June 2014, he tweeted “Dungarvan Hunt, Bridge Street, Dungarvan” along with a link to a 1960s photo showing mounted hunters and their pack of hounds.

Cllr John Hearne (Sinn Fein, Waterford City & County Council)
“I’m delighted my motion was passed at the Ard Fheis to stop all horse racing on the roads unless it is regulated and covered by insurance as it’s cruel to animals. We need like every other country in the world to race horses on a racecourse. That way we protect horses jockeys and motorists.” Facebook post, November 2019.

“I’m fully anti blood sports” from an email to ICABS, August 2015.

“I’m against all forms of animal cruelty. I banned with a motion all circus animals from council property and I’m in the process of passing a by-law to ban sulky racing off the roads…I voted against [a pro-coursing motion]. I believe if people want to entertain themselves it should not involve stressing animals.” from an email to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Joe Kelly (Independent, Waterford City and County Council)
“I support your campaign against blood sports and the banning of fox hunting as allowed for at this time. Any cruelty to any animal is wrong and must be opposed.” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Contact Waterford Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/council/councillors/index.htm

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

By-elections 2019: Candidates and animal cruelty issues

19 Nov

On Friday 29th November, by-elections will be held in four constituencies around Ireland to replace the TDs recently elected to the European Parliament. Before you cast your vote, please check out our guide below in relation to candidate views on animal cruelty issues. Please choose compassionate candidates and reject those who support animal cruelty.

Cork North-Central

Oliver Moran (Green Party):
“[The Green Party] will end hare coursing, fox hunting, hare hunting and mink hunting for sport.” from a tweet to ICABS, 19th January 2016.

Fiona Ryan (Solidarity People Before Profit)
“I absolutely abhor any exploitation, endangerment and injury of animals for human entertainment and commit fully to support or put forward legislation that improves animal welfare, particularly in regards to bringing an end to live game hunting and exploitation within circuses.” from an email to ICABS, January 2016.

Other candidates
Senator Colm Burke (Fine Gael)
Cllr Padraig O’Sullivan (Fianna Fáil)
John Maher (Labour)
Thomas Gould (Sinn Féin)
Sinead Halpin (Social Democrats)
Finian Toomey (Aontú)
James Coughlan (Workers’ Party)
Thomas Kiely (Housing Rights & Reform Alliance)


Dublin Mid-West

Cllr Paul Gogarty (Independent)
Paul Gogarty is a former Green Party TD.

“Hare coursing involves cruelty to both hares and dogs and this has to stop,” he stated. “I am not anti-greyhound racing, but an industry that knowingly engages in animal cruelty for profit is not one that should be allowed operate in such a fashion.” During a Dail debate on the Greyhound Industry (Doping Regulation) Bill 2006, 8th June 2006.

“If asked, the majority of people in Ireland wish to have stag hunting banned. The majority of people, including those living in rural areas, also wish to have hare coursing banned…the maths and the clout do not add up for the Green Party to ban hare coursing although we have expressed our desire to get rid of hare coursing.”

Green Party spokesperson on Arts, Sport and Tourism Paul Gogarty TD has called for a ban on all hare coursing, saying that the greyhound industry is covered in a cloud of cruelty and is in urgent need of reform. According to Deputy Gogarty, drag coursing, which involves the use of a mechanical bait, could and should replace the use of live hares. “Statistics show that 75 per cent of people living in the countryside and 90 per cent of city dwellers oppose hare coursing. So why are our legislators ignoring this fact? Perhaps this is because many of our elites own greyhounds, including politicians from several parties. During today’s debate a considerable number of contributors admitted to owning a greyhound; making it hard for many to take a balanced view of the industry. “Do these parliamentary colleagues condone the stress caused to hares that are captured for up to six weeks? Do they condone the deaths from stress and maulings that still occur, even with muzzles on the greyhounds? What about the illegal bloodings that still go on and the putting down of greyhounds that have outlived their economic usefulness? Is there not an element of hypocrisy involved?” Deputy Gogarty also questioned the continuation of the current high levels of funding for the dog and horse racing industries. from a statement by Paul Gogarty, Spokesperson on Arts, Sport & Tourism, Education & Science, 8th June 2006.

 

Cllr Peter Kavanagh (Green Party)

“As a Green, I am fundamentally opposed to bloodsports and the exploitation of animals. Cruelty in the name of entertainment is not the hallmark of a civilised society.”

 

Kellie Sweeney (Solidarity PBP)

People Before Profit condemn all forms of neglect and cruelty to animals. TD Gino Kenny was instrumental in helping getting the Equine centre in Clondakin for young people and their horses. It’s been a huge success.”

Read the full People Before Profit animal welfare policy at https://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy

 

Joanna Tuffy (Labour Party)
As a TD in 2010, Joanna Tuffy voted against the staghunt ban.

“Studies carried out on the Ward Union Hunt found evidence of physiological recovery within three or four days and full recovery within ten days, and two months post hunt the hunted deer were found to be in good health.” Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages, 29 June 2010 – http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-29.475.0 In response, Minister Gormley stated: “I do not know what sort of information the Deputy has but one does not need to be a vet or any specialist to see that the animal in question is under severe stress. It is a domesticated animal. The vets to whom I have spoken have clearly stated that the animal is under severe stress.” Deputy Tuffy voted against the ban on staghunting.

“The Labour Party opposes this legislation [ban on Ward Union deerhunt] because it is the wrong approach to maximising the protection of wildlife. It does nothing to protect wildlife but has a much more cynical motivation. It is an all-out unilateral ban on the Ward Union Hunt…People in rural communities feel under threat from this legislation and are concerned it is the thin end of the wedge.”
http://debates.oireachtas.ie/DDebate.aspx?F=DAL20100624.xml&Ex=All&Page=9
Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage, 24 June 2010

Anne-Marie McNally (Social Democrats)

“Ban ban ban” from a 19th January 2016 tweet in reply to ICABS asking “Are you in favour of a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing.”

Francis Timmons (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
“I fully support [an end to the licensing of hare coursing]. I am against coursing.” Cllr Francis Timmons in an email to ICABS, August 2015.

“I support a ban [on foxhunting and hare coursing] and would support and /or put a motion down calling on a ban.” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Ruth Nolan (Independents 4 Change)
“I am not in favour of blood sports of any kind. I am willing to put forward any motion that will help stop such barbaric actions.” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Other candidates:
Cllr Emer Higgins (FG)
Shane Moynihan (FF)
Mark Ward (SF)
David Gardiner (Workers’ Party)


Dublin Fingal

Dr James Reilly (Fine Gael):
“Figures obtained by the Irish Independent show researchers in Trinity College spent more than 368,000 Euro on live animals in only 12 months to use in tests aimed at treating disease in humans. The figure is more than double what was spent the previous year. Dogs, pigs, rabbits, mice and rats have been used in the university’s medical experiments, but there is pressure from the EU to find other ways of conducting tests. The Trinity figures show the huge cost of “maintenance and welfare” during the same period, bringing the bill to 665,102 Euro. Between October 2011 and last September the university bought 15 pigs, 20,094 mice and 6,579 rats for use in its labs. The animals are tested as part of the exploration of treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and genetic disorders. The university said any research carried out on animals requires the prior licensing of the person and the project by the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly…the Irish Anti-Vivisection Society, which is campaigning for an end to the use of live animals, argues that animal experimentation ‘allows the infliction of pain and suffering’.”

As a TD in 2010, James Reilly voted against the staghunt ban.

Joe O’Brien (Green Party, Dublin Fingal):
“Yes indeed I am [in favour of a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing].” from a tweet to ICABS, January 19th, 2016.

Cllr Duncan Smith (Labour Party, Fingal County Council)
“I abhor the practice of hare coursing and foxhunting.” from a tweet to ICABS, May 2014.

Cormac McKay (Independent)
“I support you and your group and its objectives for animal protection and cruelty prevention.” from an email to ICABS, January 2016.

 

Dean Mulligan (Independents 4 Change)

“I fully support any initiative which puts animal rights to the fore, hare coursing, puppy farms, or dog racing are among the many animal welfare debacles in complete contravention of animals rights and politicians and public alike need to champion animal rights.”

 

Other candidates

Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee (FF)
Ann Graves (SF)
Tracy Carey (Soc Dems)
Gemma O’Doherty (Ind)
Glenn Brady (Ind)


Wexford

Cinnamon Blackmore (Solidarity PBP)

Animals are often treated with cruelty in our society. This is largely because they are viewed as a commodity by the private, profit-driven sector. We condemn all forms of cruelty and neglect. We advocate decent conditions for animals – where offspring are not separated from their mothers too soon, and where animals are kept in clean environments that are not cramped. We are opposed to the use of growth hormones and unnecessary usage of antibiotics or steroids. The use of painful methods of killing – such as grinding up live chicks – is abhorrent and should be banned outright. Furthermore, we want to see the following policies brought into effect:

Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds. Hunting wild mammals with hounds is cruel and out dated. Scientific research has shown that the welfare of a fox pursued by hounds is severely compromised and death is rarely instantaneous, contrary to the claims of the hunting industry.

Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares. In 2015, almost 7000 hare’s were taken from the wild to be used in live coursing events by licensed coursing clubs. Despite the greyhounds being muzzled, the hares suffer fear and distress and some are killed or seriously injured and have to be euthanised. Live hares should not be used for this activity and alternatives should be introduced.

Read the full People Before Profit animal welfare policy at https://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

 

Malcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail)
Wexford County Councillor Malcolm Byrne has expressed opposition to coursing in Ireland, saying he would “support any legislation at national level that would ban hare coursing”. The Fianna Fail politician’s statement came in response to an ICABS email in which we highlighted the suffering caused to hares used as live lures in coursing. In September 2010, Cllr Byrne stated: “I am personally opposed to hare coursing, which I view as cruel.”

Melissa O’Neill (Irish Freedom Party)
“I am against any form of animal cruelty and would welcome and support this ban [on foxhunting and hare coursing].” from a text message to ICABS, June 2015.

Other candidates
Verona Murphy (FG)
Cllr George Lawlor (Labour)
Karen Dubsky (Green)
Johnny Mythen (SF)
Jim Codd (Aontú)

Tipperary Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

19 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Garret Ahearn (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council)
“An outbreak of the RHD2 virus in hares had led to coursing licences being suspended. However following discussions a compromise has been reached which Mayor of Clonmel Garret Ahearn says is a positive development” – from “Threat to the National Coursing Meeting in Clonmel has eased”, Tipp FM, 17th October 2019.

Clonmel’s Mayor Garret Ahearn has welcomed the removal of the threat that had hung over the national [hare coursing] meeting in Clonmel. “This was achieved following discussions between the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Irish Coursing Club. I would like to thank everyone who contacted me over the past few weeks for their patience, and in particular DJ Histon for working with both departments to find a common ground”. Tipperary Live, 25 October 2019.

Cllr Dr Phyll Bugler (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council)
“I am opposed to all forms of animal cruelty” from a text message to ICABS, July 2015.

Cllr Gerard Darcy (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council)
Opposition to the Government’s hunting proposals was also expressed at last month’s meeting of North Tipperary Co Council, where local councillors spoke of the importance of hunting in the county…Cllr Ger Darcy (Fine Gael) said the council should be promoting hunting as part of its bid to draw more visitors to North Tipperary. He also described hunting as an alternative sport for young people that don’t pick up the mainstream sports of hurling, rugby and soccer. From an article in the Nenagh Guardian, 10th July 2010.

Cllr David Dunne (Sinn Fein, Tipperary County Council)
“I am against all forms of animal cruelty but don’t believe in banning hare coursing or fishing” from a tweet to ICABS, 18 May 2019.

“Sorry I do not agree with you stance on this matter” from an email to ICABS, 12th September 2014.

Cllr Pat English (Workers and Unemployed Action Group, Tipperary County Council)
At a June 2010 meeting of South Tipperary County Council, Cllr Pat English voted in favour of a motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. The motion stated that “South Tipperary County Council note the increased level of country wide support of the Rural Ireland Says Enough campaign and shares the concerns it is highlighting over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment John Gormley, T.D. That this Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed, involve all stakeholders involved in rural sporting activities i.e. hunting, fishing, coursing etc. in full consultation and to respond appropriately.” According to the minutes of the meeting, Cllr English “supported the motion but stressed that [he was] opposed to stag hunting.

Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council)
“I couldn’t bear to look at that [hare coursing] footage, it would make me too angry and upset. I fully support your point of view.” from an email to ICABS in March 2012.

Cllr Richie Molloy (Independent, Tipperary County Council)
In 2008, the then mayor of Clonmel, Richie Molloy, was asked to stop supporting cruel hare coursing after he was pictured in a local newspaper at the town’s coursing finals. In a letter to Cllr Molloy, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports expressed disappointment that he deemed it appropriate to attend an event involving cruelty to animals. “Considering the animal cruelty involved in coursing and the fact that a huge majority of Irish people want this blood sport banned, we hope that you can reconsider your stance,” we stated.

At a February 2010 meeting of Clonmel Borough Council, Richie Molloy “proposed a welcome to the huge number of visitors currently in Clonmel for Coursing week”.

Cllr Andy Moloney (Independent, Tipperary County Council)
According to Senator Denis Landy in a February 2015 pro-coursing speech in the Seanad, Cllr Moloney is “a long-standing coursing enthusiast”.

Contact Tipperary Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/your-council/tipperary-county-councillors

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

South Dublin County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

14 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Mick Duff (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
“I fully favour a complete ban on coursing and foxhunting” from a text message to ICABS, February 2015.

In 2010, Cllr Duff proposed a motion calling for a ban on the import and sale of fur which was successfully passed by South Dublin County Council. He also supported a motion to ban circuses with wild animals from public lands in South County Dublin and monitors dog pounds in the county.

Cllr Francis Duffy (Green Party, South Dublin County Council)
“I am against cruelty to animals in all contexts. I would like to see higher standards of animal welfare in farming, harsher sentences for those who commit crimes against animals in a domestic context, and an end to the farming of animals for their fur. The law as it stands is wholly inadequate in dealing with crimes against animals and, if elected [as a TD], I would support any legislation that improves standards in animal welfare.” from an email to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Louise Dunne (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council)
“I would be happy to support a motion [in favour of a ban on bloodsports].” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Trevor Gilligan (Fianna Fail, South Dublin County Council, Clondalkin)
“Tackling animal cruelty has been a priority for me since elected in Clondalkin in 2004. We need to look at more ways to catch offenders who harm animals, be that for money, for fun or otherwise. Only recently a small innocent dog was gravely harmed when dogs were let loose in a park. There must be a cruelty to animals register so that the public can know about people who cause cruelty to animals. I have worked with many groups in Clondalkin and outside towards tackling animal cruelty, I have put down many motions on this issue at council level and will continue to do so if re-elected in Clondalkin…I would support a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing.” from correspondence to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Paul Gogarty (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
Paul Gogarty is a former Green Party TD.

“Hare coursing involves cruelty to both hares and dogs and this has to stop,” he stated. “I am not anti-greyhound racing, but an industry that knowingly engages in animal cruelty for profit is not one that should be allowed operate in such a fashion.” Speaking as a Green Party TD during a Dail debate on the Greyhound Industry (Doping Regulation) Bill 2006, 8th June 2006.

“If asked, the majority of people in Ireland wish to have stag hunting banned. The majority of people, including those living in rural areas, also wish to have hare coursing banned…the maths and the clout do not add up for the Green Party to ban hare coursing although we have expressed our desire to get rid of hare coursing.”

Cllr Pamela Kearns (Labour Party, South Dublin County Council)
“I am against any cruelty to animals.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Kieran Mahon (Solidarity, South Dublin County Council)
“I am not a supporter of this form of ‘sport’ [hare coursing and foxhunting]” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr Ronan McMahon (Renua, South Dublin County Council)
“Yes, I am against these cruel activities [hare coursing and fox hunting] and against cruelty to animals in general.” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr Guss O’Connell (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
“I fully support [animal welfare] and use any opportunity to promote it.” from an email to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Charlie O’Connor (Fianna Fail, South Dublin County Council)
“I took careful note of your concerns regarding hare coursing and please be assured of my interest in the matter. I am pursuing this issue on your behalf and I will do all I can to help.” Charlie O’Connor TD in a message to ICABS in July 2004.

In 2010, Charlie O’Connor TD voted in favour of the ban on carted deer hunting.

In 2005, foxes and mink were doomed to lives of misery on fur farms following the rejection by Dail Eireann of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill 2004. The bill was defeated by 67 votes to 50. Charlie O’Connor was among the TDs who voted AGAINST the bill.

Cllr Dermot Richardson (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council)
Requested information with a view to putting forward a council motion on the issue. December 2014.

Cllr Liam Sinclair (Green Party, Tallaght Central)
“I oppose animal cruelty in all its forms. Hunting for sport and fur farming have no place in a civilised society. I will advocate for stricter laws and more severe punishments at every opportunity.” from an email to ICABS, 15 May 2019.

Cllr Francis Timmons (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
“I fully support [an end to the licensing of hare coursing]. I am against coursing.” from an email to ICABS, August 2015.

“I support a ban [on foxhunting and hare coursing] and would support and /or put a motion down calling on a ban.” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Joanna Tuffy (Labour Party, Lucan)
As a TD in 2010, Joanna Tuffy voted against the ban on cruel stag hunting.

“Studies carried out on the Ward Union Hunt found evidence of physiological recovery within three or four days and full recovery within ten days, and two months post hunt the hunted deer were found to be in good health.” Joanna Tuffy TD, Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages, 29 June 2010 – http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-29.475.0 In response, Minister Gormley stated: “I do not know what sort of information the Deputy has but one does not need to be a vet or any specialist to see that the animal in question is under severe stress. It is a domesticated animal. The vets to whom I have spoken have clearly stated that the animal is under severe stress.”

“The Labour Party opposes this legislation [ban on Ward Union deerhunt] because it is the wrong approach to maximising the protection of wildlife. It does nothing to protect wildlife but has a much more cynical motivation. It is an all-out unilateral ban on the Ward Union Hunt…People in rural communities feel under threat from this legislation and are concerned it is the thin end of the wedge.”
http://debates.oireachtas.ie/DDebate.aspx?F=DAL20100624.xml&Ex=All&Page=9
Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage, 24 June 2010

Contact South Dublin County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://www.sdcc.ie/en/services/our-council/councillors/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Roscommon County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

14 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Ivan Connaughton (Independent, Roscommon County Council)
Cllr Ivan Connaughton, an Athleague-based auctioneer, issued a description for a property which included the following: “There is excellent hunting locally with the Galway Blazers, the Birmingham, East Galway and North Galway hunts.” Photos of hunters on horseback alongside a pack of hounds were included in the property brochure. Another property listing on Connaughton Auctioneers website states: “this is a fine property to come on the market holding huge potential in an area well known and regarded for outdoor activities including fishing and hunting”.

Cllr Donal Kilduff (Independent, Roscommon County Council)
“It’s genuinely worrying that the destruction of nature is at least as big a threat as climate change. We have to act to halt the loss of plants, animals and all of nature, on which we depend for food, pollination, clean water and a stable climate. This is not something that is happening far away from us, in the polar regions or in the deserts and jungles of the world – it is happening right here in Roscommon on our own doorstep. The curlew and corncrake are on the verge of extinction in our neighbourhoods, in areas which should be their natural home. The sound of the Curlew has long been a comfort to us on dark winter days and a joy to us in spring and summer in the meadows or at the bogs. Could this become a thing of the past? It already has in many areas but the National Parks and Wildlife Service are working closely with local landowners to help these birds rear their chicks so that the population can be held and hopefully recover.” (Facebook post, 8 May 2019).

Cllr Michael Mulligan (Sinn Fein, Roscommon County Council)
“With you all the way – total ban on bloodsports.” from a comment left on the ICABS Facebook page, May 2014.

Contact Roscommon County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://meetings.roscommoncoco.ie/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=0

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Offaly County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

10 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr John Carroll (Independent, Offaly County Council)
In May 2010, the Offaly Express quoted John Carroll as saying: “Minister Gormley is a long way removed from rural Ireland’s traditions [in his move to ban stag hunting]. First it’s stag hunting, but there will be more down the line.”

Cllr John Clendennen (Fine Gael, Offaly County Council)
“Laughil Blake & Good News – Offaly greyhounds are not just taking part in the Irish Greyhound Derby, they’re taking over!!” Tweet from Cllr John Clendennen, September 24th, 2017.

Cllr Eamon Dooley (Fianna Fail, Offaly County Council)
In October 2010, Cllr Eamon Dooley sponsored a race at Mullingar greyhound track.

Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick (Fianna Fail, Offaly County Council)
In August 2015, Cllr Fitzpatrick sponsored a race at Mullingar greyhound track.

Cllr John Foley (Independent, Offaly County Council)
In October 2010, Cllr Foley sponsored a race at Mullingar greyhound track.

Cllr Peter Ormond (Fianna Fail, Offaly County Council)
In October 2010, Cllr Ormond sponsored a race at Mullingar greyhound track.

Cllr Liam Quinn (Fine Gael, Offaly County Council)
In May 2010, the Offaly Express reported on a pro-bloodsports motion put forward by Liam Quinn. The motion called for support for the RISE hunting and hare coursing campaign.

Contact Offaly County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Your-Councils/Your-Councillors/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com

Monaghan County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

8 Nov

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Colm Carthy (Sinn Fein, Monaghan County Council)
“I am opposed to hare coursing. I would like to see a ban on all blood sports.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Sean Conlon (Sinn Fein, Monaghan County Council)
In 2012, Cllr Conlon proposed a motion in support of a ban on circuses that involve the degradation and abuse of wild animals. The motion was successfully passed at a meeting of Monaghan County Council.

“Continued use in a modern compassionate society of wild animals in circuses should be a thing of the past.” Cllr Sean Conlon, 5th September 2012.

Contact Monaghan County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://monaghan.ie/county-councillors/

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com