2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Leitrim

29 Apr

elections 2019

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

Cllr Finola Armstrong McGuire (Fine Gael, Leitrim County Council, Carrick-On-Shannon)
“I favour ban [on] all cruelty, man and beast.” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Gerard Dolan (Independent, Leitrim County Council, Ballinamore)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Gerard Dolan voted in favour of a motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. The motion stated that Leitrim County Council “…shares the concerns [RISE] is highlighting, over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley T.D. This Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed by those who engage in hunting and other outdoor activities…”

Cllr Caillian Ellis (Fianna Fail, Leitrim County Council, Ballinamore)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Caillian Ellis tabled the following motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign: “I propose that Leitrim County Council support the “Rise Campaign” (Rural Ireland says enough) concerning the legislation being brought in to ban all field sports which would have a devastating effect on people’s livelihood.” According to the minutes of the meeting, Cllr Ellis “outlined that wildlife has to be culled to survive”.

Cllr Des Guckian (Independent, Leitrim County Council, Carrick-On-Shannon)
“Yes, I favour a ban on both hare coursing and foxhunting” in an email to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Sean McDermott (Fine Gael, Leitrim County Council, Manorhamilton)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Sean McDermott voted in favour of motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. The motion stated that Leitrim County Council “…shares the concerns [RISE] is highlighting, over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley T.D. This Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed by those who engage in hunting and other outdoor activities…”

Cllr Paddy O’Rourke (Fianna Fail, Leitrim County Council, Ballinamore)
In 2010, Councillor Paddy O’Rourke supported motions in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. One of the motion was that “Leitrim County Council support the “Rise Campaign” (Rural Ireland says enough) concerning the legislation being brought in to ban all field sports which would have a devastating effect on people’s livelihood.” According to the minutes of a 14th June 2010 council meeting, “Councillor Paddy O’Rourke supported the motions. He stated that nobody is supporting any form of abuse of animals but that there is a place for culling etc and a balanced attitude and approach is required.”

Green Party candidates
Elizabeth Gifford
Leslie O’Hora
Bláithín Gallagher

The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

See the full list of Leitrim candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047633-leitrim-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

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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