Leitrim County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

2 Nov

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

Cllr Gerard Dolan (Independent, Leitrim County Council)
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)
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)
“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)
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)
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.”

Contact Leitrim County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/Your-Council/Meetings_Councillors/County_Councillors/

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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