Cork County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

31 Aug

Political Views / Councillors

The views of councillors in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact councillors and urge them to push for a ban on hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and all activities involving cruelty to animals. If councillors express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Cllr Holly Cairns (Social Democrats, Cork County Council)
“Today my fellow councillors called on Cork County Council to write to the Minister for Agriculture to put on hold the decision to close the greyhound stadium in Youghal. I didn’t support their stance. Given that attendance fell 55% from 2008 – 2018 & the combined loss for tracks between now & 2022 is predicted to be 30m – not to mention almost 6k greyhounds were killed for not racing fast enough in 2017 – I am not in favour of the council taking steps to prop up the industry. I am aware that this is not how everyone in the industry treats their greyhounds, but because of the overarching appalling standards of care and the loss-making nature of the industry revealed by RTÉ documentary “Running for their lives” I couldn’t support it.” Cllr Holly Cairns, Twitter, 9 December 2019.

“Social Democrat Holly McKeever Cairns said she was not in favour of the council taking steps to protect the industry and urged the council members to watch the RTÉ Investigates documentary. The council noted Ms McKeever Cairns comments but agreed to write to the minister.” Cork News, 9th December 2019.

Cllr Alan Coleman (Independent, Cork County Council)
“I support rural activities, particularly the hunts that are engaged in foxhunting. I don’t have an involvement myself but do give permission for my lands to be hunted.” from an email to ICABS, June 2014.

Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Independent, Cork County Council)
“Yes [I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting]” in a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Councillor Mary Linehan Foley (Independent, Cork County Council)
“Youghal Independent Councillor Mary Linehan Foley said that she can watch the dogs from her garden so she is well aware of how popular the events are. ‘I don’t get where this is coming from, this is an absolute shock. Youghal is solely dependent on tourism, between the Ironman, the boardwalk, the greenway and the Greyhound track compliments that. It can’t happen. People come from all over the country to Youghal to go to the Greyhound track.'” Cork News, 9th December 2019.

Councillor Michael Hegarty (Fine Gael, Cork County Council)
“Fine Gael Councillor Michael Hegarty disputed the economic report that said [Youghal greyhound] stadium did not make a profit last year and emphasized the social aspect of the sport. ‘This is logic gone out the window.'” Cork News, 9th December 2019.

Cllr Paul Hayes (Sinn Fein, Cork County Council)
“Cllr Paul Hayes said he had seen a behind-the-scenes video of the treatment of animals in circuses and described it as ‘very disturbing.'” Cllr Hayes supported an anti-circus motion tabled by Cllr Kieran McCarthy. (Source: Irish Examiner, June 10, 2014)

Cllr Bernard Moynihan (Fianna Fail, Cork County Council)
In November 2018, the Irish Examiner reported that “plans to build a new reservoir to supply a drought-stricken village have been delayed by up to 18 months because of a colony of bats.” The response from Cllr Bernard Moynihan: “So bats are holding up the whole thing. Bats are now more important than the people.”

Councillor James O’Connor (Fianna Fail, Cork County Council)
“Councillor James O’Connor said the RTÉ Investigates documentary ‘Running for Their Lives’ was not an accurate reflection of the owners in East Cork and the decision to close a quarter of stadiums within a couple of months is a concerning move.” Cork News, 9th December 2019.

Councillor Frank O’Flynn (Fianna Fáil, Cork County Council)
“Fianna Fáil Councillor Frank O’Flynn from Fermoy said the closure would be a tremendous loss to East Cork and called on the council to write to Minister Micheal Creed and ask him to put the decision on hold. ‘We need to fight this decision. It is an absolute disgrace.'” Cork News, 9th December 2019.

Councillor John O’Sullivan (West Cork Fine Gael, Cork County Council)
“West Cork Fine Gael Councillor John O’Sullivan said in his experience, the people he knows, ‘treat greyhounds better than children.’ ‘There is a social and exercise element to owning greyhounds, The value of this is more than money. The board have to stand up for their industry.'” Cork News, 9th December 2019.

Cllr Padraig O’Sullivan (Fianna Fail, Cork County Council)
“Personally I’m not in favour of blood sports.” from a tweet to ICABS, August 2014.

Cllr Liam Quaide (Green Party, Midleton)
“I fully support a ban on fox-hunting, hare-coursing and fur farming. My Green Party colleague Mark Cronin who is running in Cork City North West has been very active in the anti-fur farming campaign. Fox-hunting and hare-coursing are perversions of what sport is meant to be about – a contest between equals or near-equals. These activities terrorise defenceless animals for the gratification of a small minority of people.” from an email to ICABS, 16 May 2019.

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