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2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Galway City

28 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Galway City) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Colette Connolly (Independent, Galway City Council, Galway City Central)
“It is of course barbaric and unacceptable that people feel they have a right to kill animals in this way and dare to call it a sport – all with legislative sanction…If I should be successfully elected, I would be happy to campaign further on this issue in my capacity as councillor.” (from an email to ICABS, April 2014).

Cllr Mike Crowe (Fianna Fail, Galway City Council, Galway City East)
In September 2014, Fianna Fáil councillor Mike Crowe voted against a council motion which called on Galway City Council to “lead by example in supporting animal welfare and agrees to ban all circuses using animals in any capacity for entertainment purposes in any area controlled or owned by Galway City Council”. The motion was passed by a majority vote.

Cllr Mike Cubbard (Independent, Galway City Council, Galway City Central)
“I voted to ban animal act circuses from Galway. I am 100% against animal cruelty in all forms it unfortunately takes.” from a tweet to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Pearce Flannery (Fine Gael, Galway City Council, Galway City West)
A September 2014 anti-circus motion put forward by Councillor Pearce Flannery was passed by a majority vote. The wording of the motion was “that Galway City Council lead by example in supporting animal welfare and agrees to ban all circuses using animals in any capacity for entertainment purposes in any area controlled or owned by Galway City Council”. The Connacht Tribune reported that “Cllr Flannery said there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that animals in circuses are stressed and not in their natural environment, and this by its nature is cruel.”

“Dunnes Stores has a ban on animal charities in Ireland holding door collections and bag packing events at their stores nationwide. Why?” from a tweet by Pearce Flannery @PearceFlannery, 22nd January 2013.

Joseph Loughnane (People Before Profit, Galway City Central)
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 End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Cllr Niall McNelis (Labour, Galway City Council, Galway City West)
“I support a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting” from a text message to ICABS, February 2015.

“You have my support on this [a ban on carted deer hunting] and I will be bringing this up with my party leader.” (from an email to ICABS, 8th June 2010)

Cllr Cathal O’Conchúir (Sinn Fein, Galway City Council, Galway City West)
“I am totally opposed to hunting of animals for sport.” from a text message to ICABS, June 2015.

Green Party candidates
Martina O’Connor
Pauline O’Reilly

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

See the full list of Galway City candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047628-galway-city-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Offaly

27 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Offaly) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr John Carroll (Independent, Offaly County Council, Birr)
In May 2010, the Offaly Express quoted John Carroll as saying: “Minister Gormley is a long way removed from rural Ireland’s traditions [in his move to ban stag hunting]. First it’s stag hunting, but there will be more down the line.”

Clare Claffey (Social Democrats, Offaly, Birr)
The Social Democrats are in favour of a ban on fox hunting, hare coursing and fur farming. The party’s animal welfare policy states: “The Social Democrats strongly advocate animal rights and recognise animals as intelligent, sentient beings capable of complex thought and of experiencing pain and suffering…We are in favour of harsher penalties for animal cruelty” See the full policy at https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/our-policies/

Cllr Eamon Dooley (Fianna Fail, Offaly County Council, Birr)
In October 2010, Cllr Eamon Dooley sponsored a race at Mullingar greyhound track.

Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick (Fianna Fail, Offaly County Council, Edenderry)
In August 2015, Cllr Fitzpatrick sponsored a race at Mullingar greyhound track.

Cllr John Foley (Independent, Offaly County Council, Edenderry)
In October 2010, Cllr Foley sponsored a race at Mullingar greyhound track.

Pippa Hackett (Green Party, Edenderry)
“Animal Welfare: Often overlooked, animal welfare is a huge community issue. There is much potential for welfare projects (local authority, schools or community based) which deal with many of these issues, being piloted here in Laois and Offaly.” (from Pippa Hackett profile on Green Party website).

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

Cllr Peter Ormond (Fianna Fail, Offaly County Council, Birr)
In October 2010, Cllr Ormond sponsored a race at Mullingar greyhound track.

Cllr Liam Quinn (Fine Gael, Offaly County Council, Edenderry)
In May 2010, the Offaly Express reported on a pro-bloodsports motion put forward by Liam Quinn. The motion called for support for the RISE hunting and hare coursing campaign.

See the full list of Offaly candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0507/1048002-offaly-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Roscommon

27 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Roscommon) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

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

See the full list of Roscommon candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047638-roscommon-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

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https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Tipperary

27 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Tipperary) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

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

Cllr Catherine Carey (Sinn Fein, Tipperary County Council, Clonmel)
“I was saddened to hear this dreadful story [about a horse with a snapped neck dying by the side of a road in Clonmel in 2016]. I am appalled that poor animal suffered like this. This kind of suffering to a poor defenceless animal should never be allowed to happen.” from an email to ICABS, August 2016

Cllr Gerard Darcy (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council, Nenagh)
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 Doran (Independent, Tipperary County Council, Thurles)
Councillor David Doran has been one of the main movers behind the banning of sulky racing in Tipperary. He said, “This only reinforces the argument to ban sulkies on public roads. It is barbaric and as a local authority, we should not have any hand, act or part in it. I am even more resolute in my intentions to get it banned than I ever was. I was horrified when I heard what had occurred in Cashel and I would urge people to make contact with the Gardai if they have any information,” Cllr Doran said. From “Seething anger after abused pony collapses in Cashel”, Tipperary Star, 12 April 2017.

Cllr David Dunne (Sinn Fein, Tipperary County Council, Carrick-on-Suir)
“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 your stance on this matter” from an email to ICABS, 12th September 2014.

Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan (Fine Gael, Tipperary County Council, Cashel)
“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 Michael Smith (Fianna Fail, Tipperary County Council, Roscrea-Templemore)
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 Michael Smith (FF) also supported the motions, and while none of the councillors would be in favour of animal cruelty, he said there should be more dialogue between the stakeholders involved. From an article in the Nenagh Guardian, 10th July 2010.

Cllr Eddie Moran (Independent, Tipperary County Council, Roscrea-Templemore)
In August 2016, ICABS asked Cllr Eddie Moran if he is in favour of a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting, to which he replied: “No. I support all sports.” We replied to tell Cllr Moran that hare coursing and fox hunting could never be considered a “sport” under any definition of the word.

Rose Anne White (Green Party, Newport)
“I have a long history in advocating for animal welfare, and volunteered for many years with the ISPCA” from Green Party website, May 2019. Rose Anne White is in favour of a ban on foxhunting, hare coursing and fur farming.

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

See the full list of Tipperary candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047641-tipperary-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Monaghan

27 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Monaghan) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Colm Carthy (Sinn Fein, Monaghan County Council, Carrickmacross-Castleblayney)
“I am opposed to hare coursing. I would like to see a ban on all blood sports.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Sean Conlon (Sinn Fein, Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Town)
In 2012, Cllr Conlon proposed a motion in support of a ban on circuses that involve the degradation and abuse of wild animals. The motion was successfully passed at a meeting of Monaghan County Council.

“Continued use in a modern compassionate society of wild animals in circuses should be a thing of the past.” Cllr Sean Conlon, 5th September 2012.

Green Party candidates
Conán Connolly
Mícheál Callaghan

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

See the full list of Monaghan candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047636-monaghan-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Waterford

27 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Waterford) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Breda Brennan (Sinn Fein, Waterford City South)
“I personally am against blood sports and animal cruelty of any kind.” from an email to ICABS, June 2015.

Cllr Joe Conway (Independent, Tramore-Waterford City West)
“As one who has due regard for all living things, I support wholeheartedly your stance on animal cruelty. I took a stand – while Mayor – of non-cooperation with any circus owners who took their ‘show’ to town here.” from an email to ICABS, March 2014.

Una Dunphy (People Before Profit, Tramore-Waterford City West)
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 End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Cllr Damien Geoghegan (Fine Gael, Waterford City and County Council, Dungarvan)
In April 2013, Cllr Geoghegan tweeted a photo from the “Dungarvan Harriers Hunt Ball 1957”. In June 2014, he tweeted “Dungarvan Hunt, Bridge Street, Dungarvan” along with a link to a 1960s photo showing mounted hunters and their pack of hounds.

Cllr John Hearne (Sinn Fein, Waterford City South)
“I’m fully anti blood sports” from an email to ICABS, August 2015.

“I’m against all forms of animal cruelty. I banned with a motion all circus animals from council property and I’m in the process of passing a by-law to ban sulky racing off the roads…I voted against [a pro-coursing motion]. I believe if people want to entertain themselves it should not involve stressing animals.” from an email to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Joe Kelly (Independent, Waterford City and County Council, Tramore-Waterford City West)
“I support your campaign against blood sports and the banning of fox hunting as allowed for at this time. Any cruelty to any animal is wrong and must be opposed.” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Green Party candidates
Jody Power
Susan Gallagher
Marc O Cathasaigh
Lynne Glasscoe

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

See the full list of Waterford candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0508/1048214-waterford-city-and-county/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-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

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Sligo

26 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Sligo) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Martin Baker (Fianna Fail, Sligo County Council, Ballymote-Tubbercurry)
“I am not in favour of a ban [on hare coursing and fox hunting].” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014. In September 2018, Cllr Baker voted against a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

Cllr Declan Bree (Independent, Sligo County Council, Strandhill)
“I am in favour of a ban on blood sports in Ireland. In a civilised society we should not authorise such cruel acts to occur and excuse it under a banner of ‘sport’, which it most certainly is not by any definition.” from an email to ICABS, February 2016.

“The vast majority of people find it abhorrent to torture dumb animals for a luxury product” Cllr Declan Bree during a council discussion about Ireland’s cruel fur farming. September 2018.

Cllr Marie Casserly (Independent, Sligo County Council, Drumcliff)
“I am in favour of a ban on hare coursing and foxhunting.” from an email to ICABS, August 2016.

“I am against any form of animal cruelty. There’s no reason why they can’t do a drag hunt in relation to foxhunting. In that case, they leave out a scent and the dogs follow it and it’s very popular in other countries.” from “Casserly supports ban on blood sports”, Ocean FM, September 8, 2016.

In September 2018, Cllr Marie Casserly voted in support of a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

Nigel Gallagher (People Before Profit, Drumcliff)
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 End badger culling by traps, snares and shooting – http://www.pbp.ie/policies/animal-welfare-policy/

Thomas Healy (Sinn Fein, Sligo County Council, Drumcliff)
“I am against all forms of cruelty to animals.” from a tweet to ICABS, April 2014.

Cllr Seamus Kilgannon (Fianna Fail, Sligo County Council, Drumcliff)
In September 2018, Cllr Kilgannon voted against a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

Cllr Tom MacSharry (Fianna Fail, Sligo County Council, Strandhill)
“I have to say that as someone who grew up surrounded by animals, I am totally against all forms of animal cruelty, including bloodsports” from a text message to ICABS, December 2014.

In September 2018, Cllr MacSharry voted against a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

Cllr Chris MacManus (Sinn Féin , Sligo County Council, Strandhill)
“People should be ashamed to wear fur” Cllr Chris McManus, during a council discussion about Ireland’s cruel fur farming. September 2018. Cllr MacManus voted in support of a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

Cllr Gino O’Boyle (People Before Profit, Sligo County Council, Strandhill)
In September 2018, Cllr O’Boyle tabled a motion calling on Sligo County Council to urge Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to ban fur farms. He told the meeting that the stress of confinement in tiny cages resulted in cannibalism. He said the minks were gassed to death before being skinned. “It’s time to put an end to this cruelty,” he told members. (Sligo Champion, September 15 2018)

Cllr Joseph Queenan (Independent, Sligo County Council, Tubbercurry)
In September 2018, Cllr Queenan voted against a council motion calling for a ban on fur farming.

See the full list of Sligo candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047640-sligo-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-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