2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Wexford

26 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Wexford) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Malcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail, Wexford County Council, Gorey)
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.”

Cllr Mary Farrell (Independent, Wexford County Council, Kilmuckridge)
“YES [I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr David Hynes (Independent, Wexford County Council, Wexford Town)
“I certainly share many of your concerns…” from an email to ICABS, August 2014.

Cllr Robert Ireton (Labour Party, Wexford County Council, Gorey)
“My views on hare coursing is that it should be banned. Any opportunity I get to voice my opinion on this, my reply is always the same and I have spoken about this on many occasions.” (From an email to ICABS, 5th November 2013)

Cllr Paddy Kavanagh (Fine Gael, Wexford County Council, Enniscorthy)
“Enniscorthy councillor Paddy Kavanagh has sprung to the defence of his fellow greyhound owners in the war of words about dogs soiling the streets of the town. The Fine Gael man is a well-known race dog enthusiast but does not resort to roads to exercise them as he has plenty of fields at his disposal. He counselled against any witch hunt singling out town dwelling dog walkers with greyhounds in any campaign to take the dirt off the streets at the expense of an activity that has an economic benefit for the area. He said he would not like to see life made impossible for such people, who manage up to four greyhounds at a time while out and about…The councillor pointed out that an urban dog owner from Enniscorthy recently captured one of coursing’s most prestigious prizes.” from “Don’t blame greyhound owners, says councillor” – Enniscorthy Guardian, 1st April 2013. On TV3’s Midweek programme in March 2012, Paddy Kavanagh revealed that his father used to be involved in hare coursing.

Cllr Lisa McDonald (Fianna Fail, Wexford County Council, Rosslare)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.” from an email to ICABS, August 2016.

Cllr John O’Rourke (Independent, Wexford County Council, Enniscorthy)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

People Before Profit candidates
Cinnamon Blackmore
Susan Breen
Cllr. Tony Walsh

People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Independents 4 Change candidates
Annette Byrne-Moran (Independents 4 Change)
Jane Johnstone (Independents 4 Change)

See the full list of Wexford candidates at

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies

Find out the views of European election candidates

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

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