South Dublin 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 Mick Duff (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
“I fully favour a complete ban on coursing and foxhunting” from a text message to ICABS, February 2015.

In 2010, Cllr Duff proposed a motion calling for a ban on the import and sale of fur which was successfully passed by South Dublin County Council. He also supported a motion to ban circuses with wild animals from public lands in South County Dublin and monitors dog pounds in the county.

Cllr Francis Duffy (Green Party, South Dublin County Council)
“I am against cruelty to animals in all contexts. I would like to see higher standards of animal welfare in farming, harsher sentences for those who commit crimes against animals in a domestic context, and an end to the farming of animals for their fur. The law as it stands is wholly inadequate in dealing with crimes against animals and, if elected [as a TD], I would support any legislation that improves standards in animal welfare.” from an email to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Louise Dunne (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council)
“I would be happy to support a motion [in favour of a ban on bloodsports].” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Trevor Gilligan (Fianna Fail, South Dublin County Council, Clondalkin)
“Tackling animal cruelty has been a priority for me since elected in Clondalkin in 2004. We need to look at more ways to catch offenders who harm animals, be that for money, for fun or otherwise. Only recently a small innocent dog was gravely harmed when dogs were let loose in a park. There must be a cruelty to animals register so that the public can know about people who cause cruelty to animals. I have worked with many groups in Clondalkin and outside towards tackling animal cruelty, I have put down many motions on this issue at council level and will continue to do so if re-elected in Clondalkin…I would support a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing.” from correspondence to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Paul Gogarty (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
Paul Gogarty is a former Green Party TD.

“Hare coursing involves cruelty to both hares and dogs and this has to stop,” he stated. “I am not anti-greyhound racing, but an industry that knowingly engages in animal cruelty for profit is not one that should be allowed operate in such a fashion.” Speaking as a Green Party TD during a Dail debate on the Greyhound Industry (Doping Regulation) Bill 2006, 8th June 2006.

“If asked, the majority of people in Ireland wish to have stag hunting banned. The majority of people, including those living in rural areas, also wish to have hare coursing banned…the maths and the clout do not add up for the Green Party to ban hare coursing although we have expressed our desire to get rid of hare coursing.”

Cllr Pamela Kearns (Labour Party, South Dublin County Council)
“I am against any cruelty to animals.” from a text message to ICABS, May 2014.

Cllr Kieran Mahon (Solidarity, South Dublin County Council)
“I am not a supporter of this form of ‘sport’ [hare coursing and foxhunting]” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr Ronan McMahon (Renua, South Dublin County Council)
“Yes, I am against these cruel activities [hare coursing and fox hunting] and against cruelty to animals in general.” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

Cllr Guss O’Connell (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
“I fully support [animal welfare] and use any opportunity to promote it.” from an email to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Charlie O’Connor (Fianna Fail, South Dublin County Council)
“I took careful note of your concerns regarding hare coursing and please be assured of my interest in the matter. I am pursuing this issue on your behalf and I will do all I can to help.” Charlie O’Connor TD in a message to ICABS in July 2004.

In 2010, Charlie O’Connor TD voted in favour of the ban on carted deer hunting.

In 2005, foxes and mink were doomed to lives of misery on fur farms following the rejection by Dail Eireann of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill 2004. The bill was defeated by 67 votes to 50. Charlie O’Connor was among the TDs who voted AGAINST the bill.

Cllr Dermot Richardson (Sinn Fein, South Dublin County Council)
Requested information with a view to putting forward a council motion on the issue. December 2014.

Cllr Liam Sinclair (Green Party, Tallaght Central)
“I oppose animal cruelty in all its forms. Hunting for sport and fur farming have no place in a civilised society. I will advocate for stricter laws and more severe punishments at every opportunity.” from an email to ICABS, 15 May 2019.

Cllr Francis Timmons (Independent, South Dublin County Council)
“I fully support [an end to the licensing of hare coursing]. I am against coursing.” from an email to ICABS, August 2015.

“I support a ban [on foxhunting and hare coursing] and would support and /or put a motion down calling on a ban.” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Cllr Joanna Tuffy (Labour Party, Lucan)
As a TD in 2010, Joanna Tuffy voted against the ban on cruel stag hunting.

“Studies carried out on the Ward Union Hunt found evidence of physiological recovery within three or four days and full recovery within ten days, and two months post hunt the hunted deer were found to be in good health.” Joanna Tuffy TD, Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages, 29 June 2010 – In response, Minister Gormley stated: “I do not know what sort of information the Deputy has but one does not need to be a vet or any specialist to see that the animal in question is under severe stress. It is a domesticated animal. The vets to whom I have spoken have clearly stated that the animal is under severe stress.”

“The Labour Party opposes this legislation [ban on Ward Union deerhunt] because it is the wrong approach to maximising the protection of wildlife. It does nothing to protect wildlife but has a much more cynical motivation. It is an all-out unilateral ban on the Ward Union Hunt…People in rural communities feel under threat from this legislation and are concerned it is the thin end of the wedge.”
Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage, 24 June 2010

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