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

13 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 Mid-West (4 seats):

John Curran TD (Fianna Fail, Dublin Mid West)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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.

“I am delighted that such a significant amount of funding has been allocated to Fossett’s Circus in Lucan.” Fianna Fail TD John Curran after learning from Minister John O’Donoghue that the circus is to receive a massive Eur200,000 (two hundred thousand euro) under the Arts and Cultural Enhancement Support Scheme II (ACCESS II) – 27 April 2007.

As a TD in 2005, John Curran voted against the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill 2004.

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.” 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.”

Green Party spokesperson on Arts, Sport and Tourism Paul Gogarty TD has called for a ban on all hare coursing, saying that the greyhound industry is covered in a cloud of cruelty and is in urgent need of reform. According to Deputy Gogarty, drag coursing, which involves the use of a mechanical bait, could and should replace the use of live hares. “Statistics show that 75 per cent of people living in the countryside and 90 per cent of city dwellers oppose hare coursing. So why are our legislators ignoring this fact? Perhaps this is because many of our elites own greyhounds, including politicians from several parties. During today’s debate a considerable number of contributors admitted to owning a greyhound; making it hard for many to take a balanced view of the industry. “Do these parliamentary colleagues condone the stress caused to hares that are captured for up to six weeks? Do they condone the deaths from stress and maulings that still occur, even with muzzles on the greyhounds? What about the illegal bloodings that still go on and the putting down of greyhounds that have outlived their economic usefulness? Is there not an element of hypocrisy involved?” Deputy Gogarty also questioned the continuation of the current high levels of funding for the dog and horse racing industries. from a statement by Paul Gogarty, Spokesperson on Arts, Sport & Tourism, Education & Science, 8th June 2006.

Cllr Peter Kavanagh (Green Party)

“As a Green, I am fundamentally opposed to bloodsports and the exploitation of animals. Cruelty in the name of entertainment is not the hallmark of a civilised society.”

Gino Kenny TD (Solidarity, People Before Profit Alliance, Dublin Mid West)

In June 2016, Gino Kenny 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 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.

“I’ve been at protests about hare coursing. Hare coursing, I think, is absolutely bizarre. I find it bizarre that somebody can get pleasure by chasing a hare around. It’s completely alien. I just don’t understand it.” Dail Eireann speech, 3 October 2017.

“I’m against any type of blood Sport which wantonly hurts any animal. I hope one day soon that blood sports in Britain and Ireland are a relic of the past.” – http://www.ginokenny.com.

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/

Ruth Nolan (Independents 4 Change)

“I am not in favour of blood sports of any kind. I am willing to put forward any motion that will help stop such barbaric actions.” from an email to ICABS, September 2014.

Eoin Ó Broin TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin Mid West)

In June 2016, Eoin Ó Broin 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.

Cllr. Francis Timmons (Independent)

“I fully support [an end to the licensing of hare coursing]. I am against coursing.” from an email to ICABS, August 2015.

Cllr. Joanna Tuffy (Labour Party)

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 – http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-29.475.0 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.” http://debates.oireachtas.ie/DDebate.aspx?F=DAL20100624.xml&Ex=All&Page=9 Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage, 24 June 2010.

Mark Ward TD (Sinn Fein, Dublin Mid West)

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

Other candidates:

David Gardiner (Workers Party)
Cllr. Emer Higgins (Fine Gael)
Cllr. Vicki Casserly (Fine Gael)
Catriona McClean (Fianna Fail)

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General Election 2020: Galway West Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

13 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.

Galway West (5 seats):

Catherine Connolly, TD (Independents 4 Change, Galway West)

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

“I will be voting in favour of my colleague Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill to ban hare coursing” Catherine Connolly, TD in a tweet to ICABS, June 28th 2016.

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

Cllr Mike Cubbard (Independent, Galway City Council)

“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.

Noel Grealish, TD (Independent, Galway West)

“I remain totally opposed to hare coursing. I did not vote [on Maureen O’Sullivan TD’s June 2016 bill which sought to ban hare coursing], simply because I was not available and in the Dáil on the day in question.”

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

“I fully support your quest to ban live hare coursing.” (September 2003)

“I will support your campaign [against terrier-work and digging out] and I will certainly write to Minister Brendan Smith.” From a letter to ICABS, 18th May 2009.

Independent TD, Noel Grealish, voted in favour of the ban on stag hunting, June 2010.

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

Sean Kyne, TD (Fine Gael, Galway West)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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.

“To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider encouraging the take-up of drag coursing as an alternative to live hare coursing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.” (Dail Question, 24th September 2013)

In March 2012, Deputy Kyne asked the Agriculture Minister “if the upcoming Animal Welfare Bill will contain a provision to abolish live hare coursing in view of the demonstrable evidence of the harm, injury and distress that such a sport causes to the wildlife concerned and also in recognition that such a measure would bring Ireland into line with other developed nations including the UK, several other European nations and Australia.”

“I asked the Parliamentary Question on foot of concerns expressed to me by constituents on the cruelty associated with hare coursing. These are concerns which I share and I find it most puzzling when persons harbouring such concerns are labelled as anti-rural. There is nothing ‘anti-rural’ in seeking the highest standards for animal welfare.” from an email to ICABS, March 2012.

“To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the bounty scheme for mink is in operation or if the details are yet to be finalised as we approach the critical Spring period for wildlife and the lambing season which are affected by mink.” Dail question, 14 February 2012.

In October 2011, Deputy Kyne asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan “his views on whether the granting of licences to trap hares for the purposes of coursing runs contrary to the spirit if not the letter of the Wildlife Acts 1976 to 2000, particularly as hares under section 23 are a protected species” and “the number of licences granted for coursing of hares in County Galway in 2011”.

Joe Loughnane (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/

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)

Hildegarde Naughten, TD (Fine Gael, Galway West)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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.

Eamon O Cuiv, TD (Fianna Fail, Galway West)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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.

“The Minister is right not to introduce a ban on hunting, fishing or coursing in the Bill. There are parts of the country where they form part of way of life and as long as it does not involve excessive cruelty, the Minister’s approach in this regard is correct. I do not agree with anti-hunting lobby.” Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage, Dail Eireann, September 19th, 2012. Watch on Youtube

In November 2012, ICABS welcomed a statement from Eamon O Cuiv TD that he does not agree with the digging out of animals or the use of terriers to attack animals that have gone to ground. The Galway West TD expressed his opposition to these cruel activities during the Committee Stage of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill on 8th November. Addressing Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, Deputy O Cuiv stated: “Will [the Minister] explain whether the use of canines for the hunting of any animal, digging out of any wild mammal gone to ground and the use of terriers to attack and extract the wild mammal above or below ground, is legally permissible? The Bill provides that unnecessary cruelty is not permitted. Is that issue covered in the Bill? I do not agree with that particular procedure but I do not have a problem with normal hunting. Nature can be quite cruel but that appears to be going too far. If the Bill is passed, will the digging out of foxes be legally permissible, given the other terms about cruelty to animals?”

“I will be outlining my views on this issue at the Committee as the debate proceeds but agree with the Minister that there should be no outright ban on hunting and coursing.” from an email from Eamon O Cuiv to ICABS, 8th November 2012.

“I will certainly support the abolition of hare coursing…I do not favour hare coursing at all as I feel it is a cruel sport. You can rest assured of my stand on this matter.” from a December 1992 letter to anti-coursing campaigner John Fitzgerald.

Why the change between 1992 and 2012? “Explanation is quite simple and that is that the lobby against hare coursing will not give up until they make us all into vegetarians.” (from an email from Eamon O Cuiv to an ICABS supporter, September 2012)

“The other issue is the killing of mink in fur farms. I do not have enough information on it to make a judgement. That appears to be a major issue. I am not an expert in this area. I would like to know what is the practice and how humane is it compared to killing other animals, such as, a cow, a pig, or a sheep. What is the method used, how humane is it and is it environmentally sensitive?” Select Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012: Committee Stage, 8 November 2012.

Cllr Pauline O’Reilly (Green Party, Galway City Council)

“All live export must stop, all funding must stop and the industry itself should be closed for business #greyhounds #dspca” Cllr Pauline O’Reilly in a 17 December 2019 tweet – responding to the Journal.ie news report “Twelve Irish-trained greyhounds discovered in cages with no food or water at Dublin Port” https://twitter.com/paulinegalway/status/1206866396363284480

Green Party candidate for Galway City West, Pauline O’Reilly has today called on Galway City Council to set aside areas in public parks and roadside verges for pollinators, and to get active in halting the alarming decline in biodiversity by implementing actions within the All Ireland Pollinator Plan. “We’re being reminded again and again of how our precious biodiversity is under threat. Bee populations in Ireland have halved and there’s a reduction in populations of many of our Irish birds like corncrakes and curlews. We need to take drastic steps to help maintain biodiversity,” she said.

Niall O Tuathail (Social Democrats)

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/

Other candidates:

Cllr. Ollie Crowe (Fianna Fáil)
Mairéad Farrell (Sinn Féin)
Conor Burke (Solidarity)
Cormac O Corcorán (Aontú)
Daragh O’Flaherty (Independent)

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General Election 2020: Galway East Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

13 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.

Galway East (3 seats):

Sean Canney, TD (Independent, Galway East)

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

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, 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.

Ciaran Cannon, TD (Fine Gael, Galway East)

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

In 2016, 2018 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 March 2013, Ciaran Cannon voted against an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to secure a ban on fur farming in Ireland.

Eoin Madden (Green Party)

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

Anne Rabbitte, TD (Fianna Fail, Galway East)

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

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

Peter Reid (Social Democrats)

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/

Other candidates:

Donagh Killilea (Fianna Fáil)
Louis O’Hara (Sinn Féin)
Cllr. Pete Roche (Fine Gael)
Marian Spelman (Labour Party)
Martin Ward (Aontú)
Declan McCann (Renua)
David O’Reilly (Independent)

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General Election 2020: Kildare South Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

13 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.

Kildare South (4 seats):

Róisín Ui Bhroin (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/

Linda Hayden (Social Democrats)

“I am 100% for a ban on blood sports and believe that we as a country should be spending the €16.8 million we spend on greyhound racing on the protection of our wildlife. We need to put an end to the cruel industries of greyhound racing, hare coursing and mink farming” (January 2020).

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/

 

Martin Heydon, TD (Fine Gael, Kildare South)

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

In 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.

“With regard to animal fighting, including dog fighting and cock fighting, the change in the law to association from participation is crucial. I totally oppose these activities and I am happy to hear how strongly we will act. To return to the issue of balance, we must be very careful. People can take a very strong approach to animal safety measures and try to cover all aspects such as trying to stop people who want to go fishing from taking worms out of the ground. One can go too far and unintended consequences can arise. If the means of farmers or others to protect wild animals are curtailed too much they may be left with no alternative but to use poison, which is far more indiscriminate.” Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage, 19 September 2012.

In March 2013, Martin Heydon voted against 3 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.

Ronan Maher (Green Party)

“I am firmly against all blood sports. Fox hunting and hare coursing are incredibly cruel and we pour €16.8 million into Greyhound Racing. Money that could be better spent in habitat creation and protection.” (Message to ICABS, January 2020)

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

Sean O Fearghail TD (Fianna Fail, Kildare South)

In June 2016, Sean O Fearghail 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 March 2013, Seán O Fearghaíl 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, digging out, terrierwork, ferreting, badger culling, fur farming and the use of animals in circuses.

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. Sean O Fearghail was among the 62 Fianna Fail TDs who voted AGAINST the bill.

Fiona O’Loughlin TD (Fianna Fail, Kildare South)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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.

“Fianna Fáil does not support the bill which would ban live hare coursing. This is due to the existing strict regulatory framework in place, which ensures the highest animal welfare standards and protections are in place in carrying out this activity. It is imperative that enforcement of the existing regulations are complied with in order to ensure that animals involved in this activity are protected and conform to such standards as opposed to adding another layer of regulation to existing legislation. Hares can only be collected for coursing by ICC affiliated clubs in accordance with the terms of licences granted by the state. Such licences contain 26 conditions, most of which relate to hare welfare that set strict requirements. Meanwhile, more than 95% of the hares caught for hare coursing are returned to the wild each year.” From an email to a constituent ahead of June 2016’s Dail Eireann vote on the bill to ban coursing. Deputy O’Loughlin was among the 114 TDs who shamefully voted against the bill and ensured that the suffering of hares continues.

“Any barrier to trade flows or the exchange rates could make Irish horses more expensive or result in lower returns in the industry. In particular, the freedom of movement of horses needs to be protected. The existing tripartite agreement between the Republic, the UK and France, allowing racehorses to move freely between the three, may be called into question due to Brexit. It is the same with labour. Breeders on both sides of the Border will have the same issues. The industry needs to be protected from the negative impacts of Brexit and mechanisms need to be put in place to protect this sector.” Fiona O’Loughlin TD, Brexit: Statements, 5 April 2017.

Other candidates:

Anita Mhic Gib (Aontú)
Cathal Berry (Independent)
Cllr. Suzanne Doyle (Fianna Fáil)
Cllr. Fiona McLoughlin Healy (Independent)
Cllr. Patricia Ryan (Sinn Féin)
Cllr. Mark Wall (Labour)

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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General Election 2020: Kildare North Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

13 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.

Kildare North (4 seats):

Réada Cronin (Sinn Fein)

“I cannot understand why they’re called ‘sports’. I would support a ban on hare coursing and fox hunting.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

Bernard Durkan, TD (Fine Gael, Kildare North)

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

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, 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.

“My views on live hare coursing are fairly well known. In fact, during debates on the subject in the late Eighties and early Nineties, I spoke publicly to the effect that I was opposed to live hare coursing.”

“What concerns me most about this Bill [Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010 which bans the Ward Union deerhunt] is the attack on rural life. In recent years we have seen the gradual erosion of the rights and entitlements of people living in rural areas…One cannot keep dogs. One cannot hunt… I do not hunt but there are many people who do.” Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage, 29 June 2010. Watch on Youtube

Deputy Durkan voted against the ban on staghunting.

James Lawless TD (Fianna Fail, Kildare North)

In June 2016, James Lawless 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 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.

“Totally opposed to hare coursing.” from a text message from Cllr James Lawless to ICABS, November 2014.

Senator Anthony Lawlor (Fine Gael, Kildare North)

“I come from an area which has two of the biggest race tracks in the country. There are two training establishments up the road and a stud farm across the road from my home. People regularly walking their greyhounds is a common sight. I am immersed in the horse and dog industries.” Anthony Lawlor, Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013 Dáil debate, 16 January 2014.

“Horse meat is a valuable export, in particular to continental Europe. The French market for Irish slaughtered horses is considerable…The horses to which I refer are not bred for slaughter but for the racetrack. One should consider the statistics involved: of the 7,000 thoroughbred foals born this year, only seven will win a group 1 race. Only 3,500 will make it to a racetrack, which means 3,500 thoroughbred foals will end up being slaughtered before they reach their potential. The sad part for the sector is that breeders have potential to earn much more if the stamp “Not fit for human consumption” were to be removed from the passport. Horse meat could be a valuable export for this country…I would like to see an opportunity for us to export horsemeat for human consumption on the Continent.” Veterinary Practice (Amendment) Bill 2011, 29 September 2011.

As a TD in March 2013, Anthony Lawlor 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.

A Fine Gael Senator has shockingly admitted to placing bets for “young fellows” at races. Senator Anthony Lawlor was speaking on 27 November 2018 at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

During a discussion about Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2018, Senator Lawlor stated: “Me, I have a passion about this sport. I suppose the first time I was brought [to the races] was at four years of age – across the fields at Punchestown. I was probably betting. Now [you can’t do it]. In those days, under 18s, you had your tote bet and you went up with your two shillings – if you had two shillings or whatever – and betted. Now kids cannot do that and get that enjoyment. It is not to encourage people to gamble but it is part and parcel of going to a day’s racing. Now, the young fellows that I bring with me – I have to go do the bets for them. Because they can’t go up and enjoy the pleasure that once was [there]. It does not lead to everyone who makes a bet being a gambler. I know that. It is part and parcel of the enjoyment of the whole thing.” Watch a video of the speech.

His comments came in a month when disturbing photos emerged showing young children with betting slips at two greyhound tracks and a few days before the extent of problem gambling was highlighted on RTE Radio.

Pól Mac Mathuna/Paul Mahon (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/

Cllr. Vincent P Martin (Green Party)

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

Catherine Murphy, TD (Social Democrats, Kildare North)

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

On 27th March 2013, Catherine Murphy supported an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to outlaw hare coursing.

The amount of government funding being handed over to greyhound racing every year is “extraordinarily large” – Catherine Murphy TD (Social Democrats, Kildare North) speaking at a Public Accounts Committee Meeting on 19 September 2019. Referring to the 16.8 million euros of taxpayers’ money paid out to the Irish Greyhound Board in 2019 (part of the quarter of a billion euros granted since 2001), Deputy Murphy stated: “That kind of money would pay the total cost of free school books for every primary school in the country for every child. It’s an extraordinary amount of money.”

“Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD said the State funding provided to the [greyhound] industry should be reviewed in light of the [RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running for Their Lives] broadcast” from Whereabouts of 6,000 greyhound pups a year unknown, IGB told, Irish Times, 27 June 2019.

“The co-leader of the Social Democrats party, Catherine Murphy TD has said that State funding of the greyhound industry should be reviewed in light of a report revealing over production of pups which resulted in widespread culling. An RTÉ Investigates programme on Wednesday cited a confidential business analysis report prepared for the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) which indicated that up to 6,000 greyhounds are being killed each year because they are not fast enough…Ms Murphy told RTE radio’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show that State funding of the industry needs to be examined now and that the report prepared by Preferred Results should be published. She said she could not accept a claim by the CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, Gerard Dollard, that only a minority of people in the industry were behaving like this and that the majority were operating in a proper fashion. ‘I would have to question continued State funding of this industry,’ she added.” from Murphy: State funding of greyhound industry has to be reviewed, WLR, June 27, 2019.

Frank O’Rourke TD (Fianna Fail, Kildare North)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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.

Emmet Stagg (Labour Party)

The Irish Times of April 29th 2010 quoted Emmet Stagg as saying: “I see nothing wrong with it [stag hunting] at all. I think it’s well regulated. I’m a supporter of country sports in general.”

“The Labour Party will oppose the proposed legislation to ban stag hunting, it was confirmed last night. The Wildlife (Amendment) Bill, to outlaw deer-hunting with packs of dogs, will be debated in the Dáil today and next week…Emmet Stagg of Kildare North, Longford-Westmeath TD Willie Penrose, Kildare South TD Jack Wall and Seán Sherlock of Cork East are among those who do not support a ban.” Irish Times, June 24th, 2010.

Other candidates:

Séamus Ó’Riain (Renua)

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General Election 2020: Kerry County Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

12 Jan

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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.

Kerry County (5 seats):

John Brassil TD (Fianna Fail, Kerry County)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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.

“I will also support this motion. I very much welcome the €80 million funding for 2017 for both the horse and greyhound industries.” Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2016, 14 December 2016.

On August 28 2008, the Kerryman newspaper reported that Cllr Brassil was lobbying then Environment Minister John Gormley to issue a hare coursing licence “at the earliest opportunity”. A claim by Cllr Brassil in the report that “animal welfare is of primary concern to all involved in hare coursing” was branded outrageous by ICABS.

At a Kerry County Council meeting on 28th November 2011, Cllr Brassil presented the motion: “That Kerry County Council would fill the potholes on the approach road to the coursing field in Addergown, Ballyduff prior to the weekend of the 18th November, 2011”

Ted Cronin (Independent)

Ted Cronin is the deputy leader of the Party for Animal Welfare.

“A vote for me is a vote for care and compassion and a vote against animal cruelty.”

“I am calling for a ban on greyhound racing, hare coursing, fox hunting, protected Grey Seal culling and deer culling. I am looking for more research and education for farmers to transition to plant-based farms. And to educate our children to love and care for animals and to transition to plant-based diets. I am looking for animals to be used in therapy to improve our mental and physical health. I am looking for more wind-generated electricity and a move away from fossil fuel.”

Cllr Norma Foley (Fianna Fail, Kerry County Council)

“Cllr Norma Foley said the motion [proposing a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses] implied all circuses were doing a disservice to animals.” Radio Kerry, 13th December 2016.

Brendan Griffin TD (Fine Gael, Kerry County)

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

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, 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 March 2013, Brendan Griffin 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.

According to a July 2012 Irish Examiner report, Brendan Griffin was part of a 14-man syndicate of Fine Gael TDs who “stumped up €250 each for a share in [greyhound] Swift Starlet after the 17-month-old bitch showed impressive form at recent trials.” The Irish Greyhound Board website shows that Swift Starlet was entered into 65 races between July 2012 and August 2014 and won 7. The total prize money is listed at €2,179. Her last race was at Mullingar greyhound track on 30th August 2014 when she came last. What happened to her after that remains unknown.

Junior Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin said the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) has put a “compelling case”. “I want to see the department and the minister giving every consideration to the scientific facts being put forward by the ICC,” he told the Irish Independent. from Ministers clash over the ban on hare coursing, Irish Independent, October 8 2019.

Danny Healy-Rae, TD (Independent, Kerry County)

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

In March 2019, he outrageously called for the army to be sent to Kerry to deal with deer on the roads. “People in Kerry are facing turmoil and tears with deer on the roads,” he stated in a Dail speech. “The deer are patrolling into the towns and the villages. They’re in the estates around Killarney and they have the place taken over…Will [the Taoiseach] call out the army to make our roads safer because the deer have taken over.” 26 March 2019.

“There is a building crisis. All of us who have been elected to the 32nd Dáil must work together to see what we can do for those who need housing. To put matters in perspective, I note that birds have nests for their chicks, foxes have dens for their cubs and rabbits have burrows for their young and so forth. Families – parents – need warm, safe homes for their children.” Dáil debates, Housing and Homelessness: Statements, 22 March 2016.

“Sheep farmers are also in serious trouble. Lamb prices decreased from €10 to €7 this year. The margins are very small and when farmers are hit with such losses they will be in serious trouble all along the hillsides of Kerry where they are up late and early trying to endure and survive and when everything else is surmounted they have to deal with the fox.” Dáil debates, Agriculture Statements, 4 May 2016.

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

Michael Healy-Rae, TD (Independent, Kerry County):

“I am supportive of the coursing industry and the good work that they have done.” A tweet from Michael Healy-Rae TD, 6th February 2017.

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

Michael Healy-Rae, who holds certificates for three different guns, said firearms were very restricted in Ireland. They are linked to pest control and game hunting or sports, and one had to be a member of a gun club, or own land, to be granted a licence, he said…Some years ago, Mr Healy-Rae threatened to take out a licence to hunt “marauding” deer — he did not confirm yesterday if one of his licences was to shoot deer. from ‘Let rural dwellers have guns for protection’, Irish Examiner, April 26, 2013.

“What do you do in your spare time to unwind?…I also enjoy shooting but, again, those opportunities aren’t as frequent.” from an interview in RSVP magazine.

“Michael Healy-Rae has applied for a permit to shoot deer in an effort to reduce the deer population. Michael already has a gun licence for his rifle that allows him to shoot pheasants and foxes.” from a caption on a photo of Michael Healy-Rae pointing a rifle skywards. http://macmonagle.photoshelter.com/image/I0000hl1Feeyd1PU

“Mr Healy-Rae, who is an experienced hunter of game birds and foxes, did not anticipate problems with shooting deer, he said.” Irish Times, March 8, 2005.

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

“Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae told the meeting TDs needed to campaign hard against the ban.” from Ministers clash over the ban on hare coursing, Irish Independent, October 8 2019.

Cllr Mike Kennelly (Fine Gael, Kerry County Council)

Cllr Kennelly follows Listowel coursing club on Twitter.

“Cllr Farrelly joined councillors Mike Kennelly, Bobby O’Connell and Fionnan Fitzgerald in highlighting their concerns at the meeting [of disgruntled greyhound owners and racing enthusiasts following a decision by the Culture and Heritage Minister to suspend hare coursing licences]. ‘This is an attack on the rural community in Kerry,” said Cllr Farrelly. ‘It’s very coincidental that two dead hares should appear when there are so many anti-coursing people in Dail Eireann…Lots of coursing people including myself are very suspicious of this discovery the day after the licence was issued,’ Cllr Farrelly said. ‘Talking as a coursing person and a County Councillor, the livelihood of people in County Kerry will be wiped out.’” From Hare Licence Ban an ‘Attack on Rural Community’, 2019.

Cllr Norma Moriarty (Fianna Fail, Kerry County Council)
Speaking on the Sean O’Rourke Show on RTE Radio 1 (4th April 2019), Cllr Moriarity defended fur farming on the grounds of employment, saying “we have in the region of 13 full time jobs in the Kerry [fur farm]”. Asked about the cruelty of fur farming, Cllr Moriarity remarked: “I think it is also cruel if you take a job away from somebody who is providing for their household…” Listen to the show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCKOE1Lb4n

Cleo Murphy (Green Party)

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

Other candidates:

John Bowler (Irish Freedom Party)
Cllr. Pa Daly (Sinn Féin)
Sonny Foran (Aontú)

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General Election 2020: Limerick County Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues

12 Jan

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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.

Limerick County (3 seats):

Niall Collins, TD (Fianna Fail, Limerick County)

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

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

Niall Collins intervened on behalf of a disgruntled hunter to investigate why there was a delay in issuing him with a hunting licence. The pro-bloodsports Limerick TD considered the matter so important that he elevated it to Ministerial level. In a 22 September 2015 Dail Question aimed at Arts and Heritage Minister, Heather Humphreys, Collins asked “the reason for the delay in the issue of a deer hunting licence for a person in County Limerick; when it will be issued; and if she will make a statement on the matter.”

“…the Minister travelled around the country scaring people in fishing clubs, coursing clubs, shooting clubs and anybody else to whom he could talk.” Niall Collins during a debate on the Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011, 25 January 2012.

In a February 2012 Dail Question, Niall Collins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht “his policy on hare coursing” and “his policy on stag hunting”.

In 2008, Deputy Niall Collins called on Environment Minister John Gormley to grant coursing licences as a matter of urgency. Quoted in the Irish Examiner of August 19, 2008, he said: “It stands to reason that once the licences have been granted the various coursing clubs and organisations can better plan when, where and how they will capture hares. This will help to ensure that the best possible care for the hares is provided and it will also give the various coursing clubs more certainty when it comes to planning their activities…I do not agree with the narrow view taken by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports on this issue, as they don’t understand and value the traditional and cultural elements of this greyhound sector.”

“In Opposition, the Taoiseach’s party and the Labour Party opposed the ban on the Ward Union stag hunt. Will the Government be introducing legislation to reverse the ban? If so, when?” from a Dail debate, 8 November 2011

“Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins believed that RISE was not a mass movement of rural interests but a ‘professional lobby group’ led by influential people who were involved in politics or are politically engaged. ‘RISE has succeeded in confusing the nation and causing upset and anxiety across all its rural pressure groups about the ban on stag hunting, even though it is clear from the Programme for Government that fox hunting, hare coursing, angling, shooting and all outdoor pursuits are all safe,’ said Collins.” Sunday Business Post, 4th July 2010

Claire Keating (Green Party)

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

Tom Neville TD (Fine Gael, Limerick County)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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 an October 2016 Dail Question, Tom Neville TD asked the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed “his plans to introduce a scrappage scheme for horses and if he will make a statement on the matter”. When contacted by ICABS, Deputy Neville maintained that he was not actually pushing for a scrappage scheme for horses but rather “seeking clarification” from the Minister for Agriculture if it was going to happen.

Tom Neville has not responded to an enquiry from ICABS, asking if he is in favour of a ban on foxhunting and hare coursing. He is the son of former pro-bloodsports TD, Dan Neville, who is on record as saying that he and his family used to rear a foxhunt pack’s pups and that foxhunting is “a vital industry”.

Patrick O’Donovan TD (Fine Gael, Limerick County)

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

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, voted in favour of 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.

Despite revelations about cruelty and dog doping in the Irish greyhound industry, the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, considered it appropriate to attend a greyhound racing event in April 2017. In a tweet to Minister O’Donovan, ICABS highlighted an Irish Sun newspaper report which revealed that among those at Limerick greyhound track that same night was a man banned in Australia for appalling greyhound blooding – read the Irish Sun report https://www.thesun.ie/news/868629/concerns-raised-over-banned-greyhound-handlers-continued-involvement-in-the-industry/ . See photo of Patrick O’Donovan at greyhound track https://www.facebook.com/LimkGreyhoundStadium/photos/a.1348608921845108.1073741964.142958442410168/1348610445178289/?type=3&theater

In March 2013, Patrick O’Donovan 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.

Other candidates:

Séighin Ó Ceallaigh (Sinn Féin)
Cllr. Richard O’Donoghue (Independent)
Conor O’Donoghue (Aontú)
Cristín Ní Mhaoldhomhnaigh (National Party)
John Dalton (Renua)

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