Pro-bloodsports TD retires from Dail Eireann

23 Jan


Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell made her final speech in Dail Eireann this month ahead of her retirement from national politics.

Olivia Mitchell’s departure is no loss to the animals of Ireland who continue to suffer appalling acts of cruelty.

In March 2013, Olivia Mitchell shamefully voted against amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to secure a ban on some of Ireland’s worst acts of cruelty to animals – foxhunting, hare coursing, digging out, terrierwork, ferreting, badger culling, fur farming and the use of animals in circus performances.

In an email to an ICABS supporter in 2009, the Dublin South TD made her views on bloodsports known, saying “many thanks for your email in relation to Irish field sports and hunting. Please find below a statement from Fine Gael’s spokesperson on Agriculture, Michael Creed TD, which reflects my own views on the matter.”

The statement she referred to outlined that “Fine Gael supports country sports which are carried out humanely”, “Fine Gael will oppose any move by government to deny groups who have conducted their activities as per their licences, the right to continue to pursue these activities in the future” and “Fine Gael acknowledge the contribution hunting and other rural pursuits make to the rural economy.”

Ireland’s animals need many more pro-bloodsports TDs to exit Dail Eireann and an influx of compassionate TDs. Please make your vote count for animals in the upcoming general election and support candidates who have expressed opposition to animal cruelty and a commitment to acting to bringing it to an end.

To find out the positions of your local candidates, please see our Election 2016 guide at

When politicians come to your door in the run-up to the election, ask them where they stand on foxhunting, hare coursing and other animal cruelty issues and let us know their responses. Thank you.


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