Sligo County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

6 Sep

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 Martin Baker (Fianna Fail, Sligo County Council, Ballymote-Tubbercurry)
“I am not in favour of a ban [on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014. In September 2018, Cllr Baker voted against a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

Cllr Declan Bree (Independent, Sligo County Council, Strandhill)
“I am in favour of a ban on blood sports in Ireland. In a civilised society we should not authorise such cruel acts to occur and excuse it under a banner of ‘sport’, which it most certainly is not by any definition.” from an email to ICABS, February 2016.

“The vast majority of people find it abhorrent to torture dumb animals for a luxury product” Cllr Declan Bree during a council discussion about Ireland’s cruel fur farming. September 2018.

Cllr Marie Casserly (Independent, Sligo County Council, Drumcliff)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.” from an email to ICABS, August 2016.

“I am against any form of animal cruelty. There’s no reason why they can’t do a drag hunt in relation to foxhunting. In that case, they leave out a scent and the dogs follow it and it’s very popular in other countries.” from “Casserly supports ban on blood sports”, Ocean FM, September 8, 2016.

In September 2018, Cllr Marie Casserly voted in support of a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

Cllr Michael Clarke (Independent)

In January 2020, Cllr Michael Clarke shamefully voted against a council motion which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) rejected it. Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Clarke farcically denied that foxes are torn apart when caught by the pack of hounds and claimed that “for the past 40 years the Sligo Hunt has never been involved in killing a fox”. https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Cllr Martin Connolly (Fine Gael)

In January 2020, Cllr Connolly shamefully voted against a council motion which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) rejected it https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Cllr Tom Fox (Fine Gael)

In January 2020, Cllr Tom Fox shamefully voted against a council motion which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) rejected it https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Cllr Dónal Gilroy (Fianna Fail)

In January 2020, Cllr Dónal Gilroy shamefully voted against a council motion which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) rejected it https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Thomas Healy (Sinn Fein, Sligo County Council, Drumcliff)
“I am against all forms of cruelty to animals.” from a tweet to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Chris MacManus (Sinn Féin , Sligo County Council, Strandhill)
“People should be ashamed to wear fur” Cllr Chris McManus, during a council discussion about Ireland’s cruel fur farming. September 2018. Cllr MacManus voted in support of a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

In January 2020, Cllr MacManus supported a motion tabled by Cllr Gino O’Boyle which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) shamefully voted against it https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Cllr Tom MacSharry (Fianna Fail, Sligo County Council, Strandhill)
“I have to say that as someone who grew up surrounded by animals, I am totally against all forms of animal cruelty, including bloodsports” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

In September 2018, Cllr MacSharry voted against a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

In January 2020, Cllr Tom MacSharry shamefully voted against a council motion which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) rejected it https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Cllr Gino O’Boyle (People Before Profit, Sligo County Council, Strandhill)
In September 2018, Cllr O’Boyle tabled a motion calling on Sligo County Council to urge Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to ban fur farms. He told the meeting that the stress of confinement in tiny cages resulted in cannibalism. He said the minks were gassed to death before being skinned. “It’s time to put an end to this cruelty,” he told members. (Sligo Champion, September 15 2018)

In January 2020, Cllr O’Boyle tabled a motion calling on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. He described the bloodsport as a “barbaric tradition” and told the meeting that foxes caught by packs of hounds during hunts, are “torn to shreds”. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) shamefully voted against it. The motion was supported by Sinn Fein Councillor Chris MacManus. In an interview with Ocean FM following the vote, Cllr O’Boyle commented: “I wasn’t surprised. Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Independents always seem to vote for animal cruelty. The fact that they tried to class it as a ‘sport’ is nothing short of a joke. You have dogs chasing around foxes – packs of them. They tear the fox apart unfortunately. I was hoping that we might get some sort of a ban but not today unfortunately.” https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Rosaleen O’Grady (Fianna Fail)

In January 2020, Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady shamefully voted against a council motion which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) rejected it https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Cllr Joseph Queenan (Independent, Sligo County Council, Tubbercurry)

In September 2018, Cllr Queenan voted against a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

In January 2020, Cllr Joseph Queenan shamefully voted against a council motion which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) rejected it. Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Queenan “complimented the North Mayo Harriers which, he said, operated in his area in which he never saw a fox having been killed.” https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Cllr Paul Taylor (Fianna Fail)

In January 2020, Cllr Paul Taylor shamefully voted against a council motion which called on Sligo County Council to express support for a ban on cruel foxhunting. The motion was defeated after 8 Councillors (2 Fine Gael, 4 Fianna Fail and 2 Independents) rejected it https://www.oceanfm.ie/2020/01/14/sligo-councillors-vote-against-fox-hunting-ban/

Contact Sligo County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at http://www.sligococo.ie/YourCouncil/CountyCouncil/CountyCouncilMembers/

If you are a Councillor 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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