Meath County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

5 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 Brian Fitzgerald (Independent, Meath County Council)
“Cllr Brian Fitzgerald said stag-hunting had been part of life in the county for a very long time. The object of stag-hunting was not to go out and kill the stag, he said.” from “Majority of Meath cllrs vote to reverse stag-hunting ban”, Nenagh Guardian, 11th January, 2012.

Cllr Joe Fox (Fine Gael, Meath County Council)
On his Facebook page, Cllr Joe Fox “likes” the Meath Hunt.

Cllr Wayne Harding (Fianna Fail, Meath County Council)
“I am calling on this Council to request Minister Jimmy Deenihan to reverse the ban on Stag Hunting with immediate effect as promised by both Fine Gael and Labour prior to the General Election”. The motion was proposed by Councillor Tommy Reilly and seconded by Councillor Wayne Harding. From the minutes of Meath County Council’s January 2012 meeting.

Cllr Sharon Keogan (Independent, Meath County Council)
In a Meath Hunt gallery on her Facebook page, photographs show Cllr Sharon Keoghan posing next to mounted members of Meath Hunt in 2011.

“I live and work in the countryside. I’m a lover of sports that include the use of animals including horse racing and fishing. I’m aware of the many hunting Assoc. Hard to endorse something I’ve never tried. Killed a fox once with my car. Are you the fox police?” Cllr Sharon Keogan replying to a constituent who asked “Sharon do you endorse fox and stag hunting?” (September 12th, 2018).

Cllr Nick Killian (Independent, Meath County Council)
In 2010, Nick Killian criticised Green Party efforts to ban the cruel Ward Union deerhunt. In a statement published on his website, Killian stated: “As a Fianna Fail member I am disgusted that a Fianna Fail Government is allowing Gormley and his gang of do gooders walk all over the people of Rural Ireland. Its not just the Stag hunting ban, but the Dog Breeding Bill and the banning of Turf Cutting on certain Bogs to protect a few flowers.”

In the Irish Times of 15 December 2009, Nick Killian was quoted as saying that he was “disgusted” with Fianna Fail for supporting a banning of the cruel Ward Union hunt. He made the comment at a pro-hunt meeting at Trim Castle Hotel.

At a Meath County Council meeting in December 2007, Nick Killian called on the Minister for the Environment to “make a decision on the issue of a licence to the Ward Union Hunt”.

Cllr Gerry O’Connor (Fine Gael, Meath County Council)
“I am opposed to all forms of animal cruelty. I support Minister Coveney in regards the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. I understand that people are passionate about legitimate field sports but want clear standards to protect animal welfare and ensure that these sports are carried out in a proper manner.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Tommy Reilly (Fianna Fail, Meath County Council)
“I am calling on this Council to request Minister Jimmy Deenihan to reverse the ban on Stag Hunting with immediate effect as promised by both Fine Gael and Labour prior to the General Election”. The motion was proposed by Councillor Tommy Reilly and seconded by Councillor Wayne Harding. From the minutes of Meath County Council’s January 2012 meeting.

Cllr Alan Tobin (Fine Gael, Meath County Council)
“No – I would not support [a council motion expressing support for a ban on bloodsports]” In response to correspondence from ICABS, September 2014.

“The hunt is a spectacle not to be missed…I remember as a child being brought down to Frederick St. on Stephen’s afternoon by my parents, and relatives would come to visit on that day too, they loved to see the hunt and experience the country way of life.” from a Forum newspaper article (December 2013) in which Ashbourne Chamber of Commerce President Alan Tobin reportedly said that Ashbourne would welcome the Ward Union hunt with open arms.

Contact Meath County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://www.meath.ie/council/your-council/your-elected-council/your-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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