Roscommon County Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

14 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 Ivan Connaughton (Independent, Roscommon County Council)
Cllr Ivan Connaughton, an Athleague-based auctioneer, issued a description for a property which included the following: “There is excellent hunting locally with the Galway Blazers, the Birmingham, East Galway and North Galway hunts.” Photos of hunters on horseback alongside a pack of hounds were included in the property brochure. Another property listing on Connaughton Auctioneers website states: “this is a fine property to come on the market holding huge potential in an area well known and regarded for outdoor activities including fishing and hunting”.

Cllr Donal Kilduff (Independent, Roscommon County Council)
“It’s genuinely worrying that the destruction of nature is at least as big a threat as climate change. We have to act to halt the loss of plants, animals and all of nature, on which we depend for food, pollination, clean water and a stable climate. This is not something that is happening far away from us, in the polar regions or in the deserts and jungles of the world – it is happening right here in Roscommon on our own doorstep. The curlew and corncrake are on the verge of extinction in our neighbourhoods, in areas which should be their natural home. The sound of the Curlew has long been a comfort to us on dark winter days and a joy to us in spring and summer in the meadows or at the bogs. Could this become a thing of the past? It already has in many areas but the National Parks and Wildlife Service are working closely with local landowners to help these birds rear their chicks so that the population can be held and hopefully recover.” (Facebook post, 8 May 2019).

Cllr Michael Mulligan (Sinn Fein, Roscommon County Council)
“With you all the way – total ban on bloodsports.” from a comment left on the ICABS Facebook page, May 2014.

Contact Roscommon County Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at

If you are a Councillor and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at

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