Seagull senator sponsoring cruel greyhound industry

21 Dec

The dying greyhound industry has attracted support from a Fianna Fail politician who ridiculously claimed in 2015 that seagulls are “endangering society”.

At a recent greyhound race in Cork’s Curraheen Park track, Senator Denis O’Donovan was listed as a sponsor of the “Mc Nulty Cabs & Senator Denis O Donovan 550” race. Senator O’Donovan is shamefully supporting the greyhound industry, despite ongoing revelations about injuries, doping, dumping and killing of dogs.

In the past, the Cork politician – who is currently the Leas-Chathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann – has expressed support for hare coursers and gun club members – see quotes below…

Senator Denis O’Donovan (Fianna Fail): “Members are now witnessing over-regulation in the greyhound industry at the coursing level or otherwise. I must confess that I have never attended a coursing meeting in my life. The amendment tabled by Fine Gael seeks to address such over-regulation.” Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages. Note: This amendment was declared lost.

Senator Denis O’Donovan is in the doghouse after voting against the Government on the proposed “Dog Breeding Establishments Bill”. In the Seanad on Wednesday, June 16 last, Senator O’Donovan said he ‘took a stand for rural Ireland’ and opposed the Bill, which was introduced by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr John Gormley. After meeting more than 150 people involved in coursing and gun clubs, who have expressed concerns about over-regulation and the number of litters a breeding bitch can have in a two-year period, Senator O’Donovan decided to oppose it on the basis that some amendments were needed. From Denis in the Doghouse, Southern Star, 26 June 2010.

“Irish senator Denis O’Donovan has demanded a cull of the ‘vicious’ seabirds [seagulls]. Because of fish shortages in the sea, the winged scavengers have taken to ‘invading’ towns and villages, where they ‘attack’ children’s fish and chips, the parliamentarian said. ‘I think it is coming to the stage where they are endangering society,’ he told the Seanad, the upper house of parliament in Dublin. Mr O’Donovan insisted it was a ‘serious enough issue’ and has called for the Dublin parliament to have a debate on dangerous seagulls after the summer recess.” Irish Independent, July 20 2015.


Contact Senator O’Donovan about his support for cruel hare coursing and greyhound racing.

Senator Denis O’Donovan
Seanad Éireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-6183079 / 087-2543806


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