General Election 2020: Dublin North West Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

14 Jan

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Political Views / General Election 2020

The views of General Election 2020 candidates in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please support candidates who pledge to push for an end to activities involving cruelty to animals.

Dublin North-West (3 seats):

Caroline Conroy (Green Party, Dublin North West)

“I am opposed to all blood sports” from a tweet to ICABS, February 2016.

The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

Dessie Ellis TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin North West)

In June 2016, Dessie Ellis abstained/was not present in the vote on Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill which sought to ban cruel hare coursing. The bill was defeated by 114 votes to 20 (with the remaining 24 TDs abstaining/not voting).

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted against the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million/€84 million/€84 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing.

In March 2013, Dessie Ellis TD voted against amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to secure a ban on some of Ireland’s worst acts of cruelty to animals – foxhunting, hare coursing, digging out, terrierwork, ferreting, badger culling, fur farming and the use of animals in circuses.

Cllr Paul McAuliffe (Fianna Fáil)

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has disregarded the cruelty and killing in the greyhound industry and attended a party fundraiser at Shelbourne Park stadium. On 21st June 2018, the Cork South Central politician was “guest of honour” at the “Dublin Fianna Fáil Social Night and Fundraiser” organised by Dublin Fingal TD Darragh O’Brien. Also in attendance were party colleagues John Curran TD (Dublin Mid-West), Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe and Senators Gerry Horkan and Catherine Ardagh. The evening was promoted on the Fianna Fail website as “a great social event for members and supporters of the Party”. “Always wanted to own a greyhound?” the party asked supporters ahead of the fundraiser. “Well for one night only you can nominate a dog for just €50 which also includes entry on the night. If your dog wins their race, you win €70.”

Conor Reddy (People Before Profit)

People Before Profit’s Animal Welfare policies include: Introduce a complete ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds, Introduce a complete ban on coursing live hares, Ban fur farming and ban the sale of fur within Ireland, End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting and Increase financial support for animal welfare charities – https://news.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Noel Rock TD (Fine Gael, Dublin North West)

In June 2016, Noel Rock was among the 114 TDs who voted against Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill which sought to ban cruel hare coursing.

In December 2016, 2017 and 2019, voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million/€84 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing.

In June 2018, Noel Rock TD asked the Agriculture Minister about “his plans to ban fur farming here” https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-06-27a.544

“I have a strong track record of commitment to animal welfare and animal charities.” Noel Rock TD, Twitter, 4 July 2016.

“Very welcome news on the front of tomorrow’s Irish Examiner. It’s right that we ban fur farming in my opinion.” tweet from Noel Rock TD, 23 June 2019.

“I believe we should end greyhound breeding for racing” – Fine Gael TD, Noel Rock. In a series of comments posted on Twitter in June 2019, Deputy Rock added that he will be “working to do this within my party”. Responding to a call for him to also push for a ban on cruel hare coursing, the Dublin North West politician said that he has “never had a pro hare coursing stance” and that he is “happy to talk to anyone re progressing [a ban on coursing]”. https://twitter.com/NoelRock/status/1143614192580222982

Roisin Shortall, TD (Social Democrats, Dublin North West)

In June 2016, Roisin Shortall was one of the 20 compassionate TDs who voted in favour of Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill which sought to ban hare coursing.

In June 2018, Roisin Shortall TD asked the Agriculture Minister “if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the United Kingdom, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway and the Netherlands have banned commercial fur farming on the grounds of animal welfare; the reason for allowing the practice of commercial mink farming to continue here; if the phasing out of the licensing system for these three remaining farms will be considered”. https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-06-12a.2701

In January 2018, Roisin Shortall TD asked the Minister for Agriculture “the steps he will take to ban the practice of fur farming”. https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-01-30a.1129

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, voted against the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million/€84 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing.

“To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food if his attention has been drawn to the large scale destruction of farm and other property, often running to thousands of euro, by the unauthorised use of such lands for the purposes of live hunting.” (From a Dail Question tabled in 2004)

On 27th March 2013, Roisin Shortall supported amendments to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to outlaw hare coursing, foxhunting, terrierwork, digging-out, ferreting and fur farming.

Other candidates

Cllr Andrew Montague (Labour)
Ian Croft (Independent)
Stephen Redmond (National Party)
Niall Fitzgerald (Independent)

Contact candidates and ask them where they stand on animal cruelty issues.

If you are a candidate 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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