Dail question over HSE centre’s connection to cruel coursing

22 Jan

A HSE-funded training centre’s connection to cruel hare coursing has been raised in Dail Eireann, with ICABS President Maureen O’Sullivan TD asking if the Health Minister thinks hare coursing is a suitable leisure activity for those attending the centre.

Dail Q&A – Thursday, 19 January 2017

Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a day care centre run by the HSE for persons with a disability (details supplied) which is involved in training of greyhounds for hare coursing; if it is HSE funding that is being used for this and to bring the centre’s attendees to hare coursing meetings; and his views on whether hare coursing is a suitable leisure activity to be funded in this way for the persons that use the centre. [2475/17]

Finian McGrath TD (Dublin Bay North, Independent): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.



Join us in contacting the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the HSE to demand an immediate end to the Ballina Training Centre’s involvement with cruel hare coursing.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris
Department of Health
Hawkins House
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 635 4000 or 01 618 3805
Email: ministersoffice@health.gov.ie, simon.harris@oireachtas.ie
Comment on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DeputySimonHarris
Tweet to @SimonHarrisTD

Tony O’Brien, HSE Director General
Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
Email: info@hse.ie, hselive@hse.ie
Tweet to: @hselive @dghealthservice
Comment on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hselive
Callsave: 1850 24 1850

Ballina Training Centre (096) 71976

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