Tipperary Councillors and Animal Cruelty Issues

19 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 Garret Ahearn (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council) 
“An outbreak of the RHD2 virus in hares had led to coursing licences being suspended. However following discussions a compromise has been reached which Mayor of Clonmel Garret Ahearn says is a positive development” – from “Threat to the National Coursing Meeting in Clonmel has eased”, Tipp FM, 17th October 2019.

Clonmel’s Mayor Garret Ahearn has welcomed the removal of the threat that had hung over the national [hare coursing] meeting in Clonmel. “This was achieved following discussions between the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Irish Coursing Club. I would like to thank everyone who contacted me over the past few weeks for their patience, and in particular DJ Histon for working with both departments to find a common ground”. Tipperary Live, 25 October 2019.

Cllr Dr Phyll Bugler (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council)
“I am opposed to all forms of animal cruelty” from a text message to ICABS, July 2015.

Cllr Gerard Darcy (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council)
Opposition to the Government’s hunting proposals was also expressed at last month’s meeting of North Tipperary Co Council, where local councillors spoke of the importance of hunting in the county…Cllr Ger Darcy (Fine Gael) said the council should be promoting hunting as part of its bid to draw more visitors to North Tipperary. He also described hunting as an alternative sport for young people that don’t pick up the mainstream sports of hurling, rugby and soccer. From an article in the Nenagh Guardian, 10th July 2010.

Cllr David Dunne (Sinn Fein, Tipperary County Council)
“I am against all forms of animal cruelty but don’t believe in banning hare coursing or fishing” from a tweet to ICABS, 18 May 2019.

“Sorry I do not agree with you stance on this matter” from an email to ICABS, 12th September 2014.

Cllr Pat English (Workers and Unemployed Action Group, Tipperary County Council)
At a June 2010 meeting of South Tipperary County Council, Cllr Pat English voted in favour of a motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. The motion stated that “South Tipperary County Council note the increased level of country wide support of the Rural Ireland Says Enough campaign and shares the concerns it is highlighting over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment John Gormley, T.D. That this Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed, involve all stakeholders involved in rural sporting activities i.e. hunting, fishing, coursing etc. in full consultation and to respond appropriately.” According to the minutes of the meeting, Cllr English “supported the motion but stressed that [he was] opposed to stag hunting.

Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council)
“I couldn’t bear to look at that [hare coursing] footage, it would make me too angry and upset. I fully support your point of view.” from an email to ICABS in March 2012.

Cllr Shane Lee (Independent, Tipperary County Council)

Shane Lee runs Shane Lee Chimneys which sponsored racing at Thurles greyhound stadium. According to the Thurles stadium Facebook page, “the Pat Lee Memorial A6/A7 525 yards Stake Semi Finals [Saturday, November 25th 2017] – kindly sponsored by the Lee Family & Shane Lee Chimneys”

On the Greyhound Data website, Shane Lee was listed as a contact for a “Save Our Tracks Monster Benefit Night” at Shelbourne Park on 13th September 2019.

Shane Lee is involved in hare coursing. A photo posted on his Facebook page in January 2020 shows him at a coursing meeting in Laois, along with the caption “Another little bit of success today with Brody’s dog in the Working Members at Borris-In-Ossory!! Happy kids this evening all round.”

“I want to wish my brother Pat, Elaine & Family with the B&R syndicate with ‘Ballymeelish Nell’ the very best of luck in Clonmel [coursing] this weekend. Days, weeks, months of hard work that you have put into Nell lets hope ye get rewarded for it and no doubt we can expect a big run. Enjoy every moment of it guys & have a brilliant weekend. I also want to wish Noel ( Mousey ) Loughnane & family the very best of luck with both their dogs also. It’s brilliant to see Roscrea represented on the biggest weekend of the greyhound year at Clonmel.” from Cllr Shane Lee’s Facebook page, 9 February 2018.

Among the groups he “likes” on his Facebook page are foxhunts and hare coursing clubs, including Carlow Farmers Hunt, Kilmoganny Hunt, Ormond Hunt Foxhounds, East Galway Hunt, Roscommon Hunt, Kilflynn coursing club, Borris-In-Ossory & Rushall Coursing Club, Rajpur coursing club (Pakistan),  Grallagh Harriers, Tipperary Foxhounds, Limerick Foxhounds and North Kilkenny Foxhounds.

Cllr Richie Molloy (Independent, Tipperary County Council)
In 2008, the then mayor of Clonmel, Richie Molloy, was asked to stop supporting cruel hare coursing after he was pictured in a local newspaper at the town’s coursing finals. In a letter to Cllr Molloy, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports expressed disappointment that he deemed it appropriate to attend an event involving cruelty to animals. “Considering the animal cruelty involved in coursing and the fact that a huge majority of Irish people want this blood sport banned, we hope that you can reconsider your stance,” we stated.

At a February 2010 meeting of Clonmel Borough Council, Richie Molloy “proposed a welcome to the huge number of visitors currently in Clonmel for Coursing week”.

Cllr Andy Moloney (Independent, Tipperary County Council)
According to Senator Denis Landy in a February 2015 pro-coursing speech in the Seanad, Cllr Moloney is “a long-standing coursing enthusiast”.

Contact Tipperary Councillors and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues. Find contact details at https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/your-council/tipperary-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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