Sligo County Council passes motion calling for ban on cruel hare coursing

7 Oct

Sligo County Council has this week unanimously passed a motion calling for a ban on cruel hare coursing.

The motion tabled by People Before Profit Councillor, Gino O’Boyle stated: “Sligo County Council supports the Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020 and will write to Minister McConalogue calling for a ban on hare coursing.”

Presenting the motion at the 3 October 2022 meeting of Sligo County Council, Cllr O’Boyle stated: “In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild in nets and forced to run for their lives in front of pairs of muzzled greyhounds. All hares suffer the fear and stress of running for their lives and every coursing season, hare injuries and deaths occur. Among the injuries recorded are broken backs, spinal injury, broken legs, damaged toes and dislocated hips. Hares suffer at all stages – during the capture (over 5000 hares are captured), during the time they are held captive in coursing compounds and during the coursing meetings where they can be seen desperately running for their lives. So I’m asking that this Council supports the Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020 and an end to the cruelty.”

The Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill was introduced by Paul Murphy TD in 2020 and is co-signed by TDs Gino Kenny, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, Brid Smith, Joan Collins and Catherine Connolly. It is expected back before the Dail in the coming months.

Also speaking out against hare coursing at the Sligo County Council meeting was Cllr Marie Casserly (Independent).

“In this day and age there is absolutely no reason for this barbaric behaviour,” she said. “It’s absolutely horrific that any animal should suffer for humans’ benefit or enjoyment. I would definitely like to support the motion and I’m hoping that everybody on the council will support the motion as well.”

Condemning hare coursing, Cllr Gino O’Boyle said it “belongs in the same macabre gallery as badger baiting or cock fighting” and added that “we should be embarrassed that it is still allowed to continue – hopefully this will change.”

Cllr O’Boyle’s motion passed unanimously, with nobody voting against it and no abstentions.

There were 15 councillors present and 1 online. They were:

Fianna Fáil:
Martin Baker
Rosaleen O’Grady
Paul Taylor
Donal Gilroy
Tom MacSharry (online)

Fine Gael:
Sinead Maguire
Thomas Walsh
Dara Mulvey
Martin Connolly
Gerard Mullaney
Tom Fox

Sinn Fein:
Arthur Gibbons

Independent Alliance:
Marie Casserly
Michael Clarke

Independents 4 Change:
Declan Bree

People Before Profit:
Gino O’Boyle

Following the vote, Cllr O’Boyle commented: “I’m delighted to get this motion passed in Sligo County Council and thank all my colleagues for supporting it and hopefully the same can be done at a national level. This is barbaric and horrible violence towards helpless animals.”

A big THANK YOU to Cllr Gino O’Boyle and all the Sligo County Councillors who supported his motion. They are in the majority who want this cruel bloodsport banned in Ireland. A RED C poll found that a 77% majority want the government to outlaw coursing, with just 9 per cent disagreeing with a ban. A majority in both rural and urban areas are in favour of a ban.


HELP THE HARES: Urgently contact Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan and tell them to REVOKE the 2022-23 hare coursing licences.

Email “Please REVOKE the 2022-23 licences for cruel hare coursing” to;

Minister Darragh O’Brien (Fianna Fail, Dublin Fingal)
Tel: (01) 618 3802 OR (086) 251 9893

Malcolm Noonan TD (Green Party, Carlow Kilkenny)
Minister of State for Heritage
Tel: (01) 888 2425 OR (01) 618 3156

With a RED C opinion poll confirming that a 77 per cent majority of citizens want hare coursing banned (with just 9% disagreeing with a ban), it is now time for politicians to consign this nasty bloodsport to history. Join us in contacting all TDs and urging them to act to ensure that a ban is urgently introduced. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs

Urge Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to respect the wishes of the majority and ban hare coursing and all bloodsports.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-640 3133
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Contact Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs and urge them to pledge support for Paul Murphy TD’s upcoming Animal Health & Welfare (Ban on Hare Coursing) Bill 2020.

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