Meath East TDs and Animal Cruelty Issues

20 May

Political Views / TDs

The views of TDs in the 33rd Dail in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact TDs and urge them to push for a ban on all activities involving cruelty to animals. If TDs express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Meath East (3 seats):

Thomas Byrne TD (Fianna Fail, Meath East)

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

In 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.

“I am shocked that I do not see any evidence of the Government’s promise made by Deputy Shane McEntee and Deputy Phil Hogan to repeal the ban on stag hunting. Will an amendment be tabled on Committee Stage? Fine Gael rose up the people in the RISE organisation by giving specific promises and a specific commitment that stag hunting in County Meath would be reinstated. We find now that this was just what I must say were barefaced lies told to the people by Fine Gael… I expected to see a provision for the reinstatement of stag hunting but there is nothing in the Bill to do with stag hunting. Those promises are just thrown on the bonfire of power. The Ministers, Deputies Hogan and McEntee conveniently and completely discarded the promises they had made to the people. ” Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2012, 4th July 2012. Watch on Youtube

The Irish Times of 15 December 2009 reported that at a pro-hunt meeting at Trim Castle Hotel, then TD Thomas Byrne said he was not comfortable with the proposed ban on carted deerhunting but that he would be supporting the government. He told hunters that Fianna Fail would not stand for any other prohibitions on hunting.

Helen McEntee TD (Fine Gael, Meath East)

In June 2016, Helen McEntee 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 November 2013, Helen McEntee tweeted: “Great day for the Tara Harriers Hunt Run, all proceeds go to Nobber GAA club, #communityworkingtogether”. The Tara Harriers is a hare hunting group. In a message to Helen McEntee, ICABS highlighted the cruelty of harrier hunting, i.e. hares caught by the pack of hounds are attacked and ripped apart.

Helen McEntee is the daughter of the late Shane McEntee TD. She worked with Shane McEntee in Dail Eireann and at the Department of Agriculture. Shane McEntee was a pro-bloodsports TD and lobbied to try and get the ban on stag hunting reversed. He also spoke in favour of hare coursing, claiming there was no danger to the hare.

“Fine Gael Meath East TD, Helen McEntee attended the launch of the Irish Greyhound Derby’s 55th anniversary celebrations in Shelbourne Park…Speaking after the event, Deputy McEntee said: ‘It was a great honour to address the Irish Greyhound Derby as it celebrates its 55th anniversary. It’s an event that otherwise would have been attended by my dad, Shane, and I am humbled to haven taken his place’…’When my father worked as Junior Minister in the Department of Agriculture, he recognised the potential in the greyhound industry, despite not having a huge amount of knowledge about it previously. He became very passionate about how he, and his Department, could make the industry even stronger . The Irish Greyhound Industry has an extremely proud history, and it is vital that we safeguard the passion and pride associated with the sector going forward. I hope to work with the Derby in the years ahead to ensure the industry gets the recognition and support it needs.’” From a Fine Gael statement, May 2013.

Darren O’Rourke TD (Sinn Fein, Meath East)

“I support your call to end fox and deer hunting” From an email to a constituent, 2nd February 2020.

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Mayo TDs and Animal Cruelty Issues

20 May

Political Views / TDs

The views of TDs in the 33rd Dail in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact TDs and urge them to push for a ban on all activities involving cruelty to animals. If TDs express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Mayo (4 seats):

Dara Calleary TD (Fianna Fail, Mayo)

In June 2016, Dara Calleary 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 Ward Union [stag hunt] is on the scrap metal heap…” Dail debate, 8 November 2011.

Rose Conway-Walsh TD (Sinn Fein, Mayo)

“Yes [add me to the list of Sinn Fein politicians in favour of a ban on bloodsports]” Cllr Rose Conway-Walsh in a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

“A great deal of social damage is caused by betting and that necessitates a higher tax contribution from the sector. The current duty does not even cover the horse and greyhound fund, however, and it has not done so for a long time. I have an issue, however, with the way in which the tax is being levied. It is not a million years since betting duty of 10% was applied but it is crucial to note that this duty was imposed on the bet and borne by the punter. I have seen the accounts of local bookies operating on slim profit margins and it is clear that doubling the turnover tax will hurt them immensely whereas Paddy Power and other larger chains will be able to absorb the cost. While some Members are calling for a gross profit tax instead, that will not deal with the fact that gambling is damaging and nor will it tackle the actual behaviour at source. An examination is required in respect of the elasticity of a betting tax and the impact it could have on behaviour. I agree that it must be done in a sustainable way which protects jobs.” Senator Rose Conway Walsh, Finance Bill 2018: Committee Stage, 5 December 2018.

Alan Dillon TD (Fine Gael, Mayo)

Fine Gael General Election candidate for Mayo, Alan Dillon has called for the appointment of a full-time Animal Welfare Inspector officer for Mayo. Dillon also called for a review of the €16 million state funding for the greyhound industry through Bord na gCon (the Irish Greyhound Board). Mayo has a dog warden, but Dillon says an Animal Welfare Inspector is needed and should be funded via the ISPCA with government support provided on an annual basis. Dillon says, “I feel strongly that funding for the greyhound industry is in sharp contrast to the animal welfare standards in this sector. Therefore, I am calling for a review of that funding. The appointment of a full-time Animal Welfare Inspector is not only a good investment, it is necessary to ensure we improve standards in this county for all animals. Furthermore, this role must have legal capabilities to remove animals in distress, or living in unsuitable or unsafe conditions” from Dillon Calls For Full-Time Animal Welfare Inspector For Mayo, Press Release, 3rd February 2020.

“We were in Knock and Ballyhaunis today and transport and infrastructure as well as animal welfare were key issues…We travelled to Ballyhaunis where we met volunteers in the Mayo Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We walked their animal sanctuary, discussed issues around resources and investment and also the need for an animal welfare inspector. This is something I am very much committed to if elected. The need for an inspector throughout Mayo is crucial to ensure we have a legal basis to protect animals in distress.” Pre-election video statement from Alan Dillon, Facebook, 4th February 2020.

Michael Ring TD (Fine Gael, Mayo)

In June 2016, Michael Ring 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 personally against hare coursing. I am totally opposed to cruelty to animals but particularly this kind of cruelty in relation to blood sports.”

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Louth TDs and Animal Cruelty Issues

20 May

Political Views / TDs

The views of TDs in the 33rd Dail in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact TDs and urge them to push for a ban on all activities involving cruelty to animals. If TDs express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Louth (5 seats):

Peter Fitzpatrick TD (Independent, Louth)

In June 2016, Peter Fitzpatrick 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 legislation is necessary to allow people to continue lawful activities. Throughout my constituency of Louth, there are strong and law-abiding gun clubs…Gun clubs in rural areas…have a strong bond with and are respectful of nature…[Shooting animals] is a traditional skilled activity that has been handed down for generations. It is important for my rural constituents to have their traditions respected and honoured.” Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second and Subsequent Stages, 18 July 2012. Watch on Youtube

In March 2013, Peter Fitzpatrick, 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 and the use of animals in circuses.

Imelda Munster TD (Sinn Fein, Louth)

In June 2016, Imelda Munster 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 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.

Gerald (Ged) Nash TD (Labour Party, Louth)

In March 2013, Gerald Nash 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 circus performances. Gerald Nash is a patron (or former patron) of Drogheda Animal Rescue Centre.

Fergus O’Dowd TD (Fine Gael, Louth)

In June 2016, Fergus O’Dowd 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 March 2013, Fergus O’Dowd 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 and the use of animals in circuses.

In February 2005, Fergus O’Dowd TD asked the Minister for the Environment “his views on the report of the scientific group set up to examine the issue of hunting on State lands.”

Ruairí Ó Murchú (Sinn Féin, Louth)

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Longford Westmeath TDs and Animal Cruelty Issues

20 May

Political Views / TDs

The views of TDs in the 33rd Dail in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact TDs and urge them to push for a ban on all activities involving cruelty to animals. If TDs express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Longford-Westmeath (4 seats):

Peter Burke TD (Fine Gael, Longford Westmeath)

In June 2016, Peter Burke 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.

Speaking to a constituent in February 2016, Peter Burke indicated that he supports foxhunting and hare coursing.

When questioned in 2014 about his position on bloodsports, Cllr Peter Burke wasn’t prepared to reveal his stance. He claimed to know nothing about bloodsports, despite previously being furnished with information about the cruelty involved.

On 24 September 2019, Peter Burke TD attended a meeting at which pressure was exerted on Minister Josepha Madigan to reverse a ban on hare coursing that had been put in place due to the deadly and highly contagious RHD2 virus.

Sorca Clarke TD (Sinn Fein, Longford Westmeath)

“I would support a ban on blood sports, completely against any form of animal cruelty.” from a tweet to ICABS, June 2015.

At a March 2016 meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, Cllr Sorca Clarke supported a successful motion calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses.

Joe Flaherty TD (Fianna Fail, Longford Westmeath)

“Top night at Longford Greyhound stadium for derby night…hoping it won’t be last night’s racing at local track. Brought back memories of great ‘dog men’ over yrs & wonderful see next generation flying flag.”  Tweet from Joe Flaherty, Aug 23, 2019.

“Leitrim Harriers [a group that hunts foxes and hares] gets great review in latest issue, Irish Field, from hunting guru, Noel Mullins. High praise for pack & real community hunt” Tweet from Joe Flaherty, November 11, 2012.

“The [Longford greyhound] track has been an important part of Longford town life for sixty years and whilst the greyhound racing sector is certainly struggling to assert itself, we should do everything we can to support the local track. So over the next few months resolve with a few friends to visit the local track and you won’t be disappointed.” Facebook post, 18 March 2019. Longford greyhound track later permanently shut down.

“Loving #sulkyracers on #RTE2. Seeing the same passion here I’ve seen hunting, show jumping or racing. All about da horse boss!” Tweet from Joe Flaherty, October 15, 2015

“JUMP BOYS #TG4 confirms again that Irish jockeys are All Blacks of their sport. And yet Labour would tax the hell outa racing & ban hunting” Tweet from Joe Flaherty, November 28, 2012.

Robert Troy TD (Fianna Fail, Longford Westmeath)

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

Robert Troy has told ICABS that he supports hare coursing because some of his constituents are engaged in the activity.

In December 2017, the Westmeath Examiner reported that Robert Troy was pushing for funding for Mullingar greyhound track. The newspaper report outlined that he met with the CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board to ask about “investment in fire safety [at Mullingar track] as there are restrictions on the number who can be there at any one time because a new fire escape is needed”. This, he pointed out, “would help the track increase attendance figures and overall performance”.

During a Dail debate in July 2012, Robert Troy said he wanted to see the ban on cruel stag hunting rescinded. “I thought the Government parties might have used the opportunity…to rescind the ban on stag hunting,” he stated. Watch on Youtube See Also: Robert Troy wants stag hunt ban rescinded

In 2010, Cllr Troy attended a meeting in Mullingar organised by pro-blood sports group, RISE. Cllr Troy spoke in support of RISE. A RISE sticker was displayed on the door of his constituency office.

On 28 January 2016, Robert Troy raised the issue of cruelty to animals in Ireland’s greyhound racing industry. In a Dail question submitted to Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, Deputy Troy referred to “animal abuse suffered by greyhounds in the racing industry” and “lenient sanctions for persons who have committed grave abuses”. Despite acknowledging these grave abuses, he went on to vote in favour of €16 million in government funding for the greyhound industry.

In a 11th September 2017 Dail question, Robert Troy TD sought more public funds for a privately-owned greyhound track in Longford which was already receiving at least €40,000 per year. Deputy Troy asked the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed “if he will provide financial assistance to [Longford] stadium”. Deputy Troy was asked by ICABS how he could possibly justify seeking funds for a greyhound track after having previously highlighted the “animal abuse suffered by greyhounds in the racing industry” and the “lenient sanctions for persons who have committed grave abuses”.

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.

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Limerick County TDs and Animal Cruelty Issues

20 May

Political Views / TDs

The views of TDs in the 33rd Dail in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact TDs and urge them to push for a ban on all activities involving cruelty to animals. If TDs express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

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.

“Best wishes to Castleisland Coursing Club from Niall Collins, Fianna Fail TD” (Advert in the Castleisland Coursing Club booklet, January 2020.

“To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when greyhound racing can resume under the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business; and if he will make a statement on the matter.” Dail question from Niall Collins, 20 May 2020.

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.

“I was glad to welcome Richie Quinn to Dáil Éireann this week to observe the vote on coursing on behalf of the Limerick Coursing Clubs. The vote to ban coursing was defeated by 114 votes against to 20 votes for.” Niall Collins TD in a Facebook post, 1 July 2016.

“Like everybody who watched the programme [RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running For Their Lives] I found it to be deeply shocking. Animal welfare is a core belief of the vast majority of people. Following the airing of the programme I received a deluge of phone calls and emails from people outraged at what they saw. I have also detected a huge change in the political support that greyhound racing has enjoyed over the years. The challenge to the Greyhound industry is plain and simple deal with these issues comprehensively or face a complete cut in the public funding that’s received each year. ” Statement from Niall Collins TD, 8 July 2019.

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.

Richard O’Donoghue TD (Independent, Limerick County)

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Limerick City TDs and Animal Cruelty Issues

20 May

Political Views / TDs

The views of TDs in the 33rd Dail in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact TDs and urge them to push for a ban on all activities involving cruelty to animals. If TDs express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Limerick City (4 seats):

Brian Leddin TD (Green Party, Limerick City)

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

Willie O’Dea TD (Fianna Fail, Limerick City)

In June 2016, Willie O’Dea 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.

In October 2015, Willie O’Dea expressed his support for the ICABS campaign for a ban on cruel hare coursing. Responding to an email in which we appealed to him to push for a coursing ban, the Fianna Fail politician stated: “I am happy to support this endeavour.”

In a May 2011 Dail question, Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Agriculture “his views on reports that the Irish Greyhound Board, a semi-State body, plans to export Irish dogs to China, a country which has a very poor animal welfare record; and if he will make a statement on the matter.”

In 2009, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports welcomed a statement from the office of the then Minister for Defence, Willie O’Dea, in which we were told that the Minister “fully supports” our campaign. (Defence Minister “fully supports” ICABS campaign)

“I understand your concerns regarding the practices of fur farming.” Willie O’Dea TD in a July 2018 email.

Kieran O’Donnell TD (Fine Gael, Limerick City)

As a TD in March 2013, Kieran O’Donnell 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 circus performances.

Maurice Quinlivan TD (Sinn Fein, Limerick City)

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

“Did you know that 200 dogs were destroyed in Limerick City by Dog wardens in 2012? Please think carefully b4 you give a dog for Christmas?” Maurice Quinlivan TD, Twitter, 20 December 2012

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Laois Offaly TDs and Animal Cruelty Issues

20 May

Political Views / TDs

The views of TDs in the 33rd Dail in relation to hare coursing, foxhunting, greyhound racing and other animal cruelty issues. Please contact TDs and urge them to push for a ban on all activities involving cruelty to animals. If TDs express support for activities involving animal cruelty, please let them know that their stance will affect your future voting decisions.

Laois-Offaly (5 seats):

Barry Cowen TD (Fianna Fail, Laois Offaly)

In June 2016, Barry Cowen 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 not be supporting any upcoming bill seeking to ban hare coursing.” Barry Cowen in an email to ICABS, 1st February, 2012.

“An Taoiseach’s brother Barry Cowen has been appointed to the vacant General Manager position at Mullingar Greyhound Track. Cowen takes over as Sales, Commercial and Operations Manager at Mullingar Track next Monday…Cowen is a well known and successful greyhound owner and has been involved in the ownership of many of the very speedy Gilbeyhall greyhounds.” Irish Examiner Thursday, November 04, 2010.

“Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s brother has been appointed to a new post with the Irish Greyhound Board. He went for the job after the slowdown in his auctioneering and valuing business following the collapse of the property market. Barry Cowen, who is a Fianna Fail councillor for the Cowen family’s home town of Clara in Co Offaly, is to take up his new job at Mullingar Greyhound Stadium next Monday. Mr Cowen has been appointed sales, commercial and operations manager in Mullingar and said he was looking forward to the challenge. Sources at the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) said the job came with a salary of around €35,000 to €40,000…’I have an extensive knowledge and appreciation of the industry over many years,’ Mr Cowen, who also used to work in financial services, added. He said that he has experience as a dog breeder and owner, but added he would still be keeping his auctioneering business…As a councillor, Mr Cowen received €42,129 in wages, expenses and allowances last year. IGB bosses say Mr Cowen will help with turning the fortunes of the track around, with profits down from previous peaks of around €200,000 a year. The track has seen attendances fall since the opening of the new Dublin to Galway motorway, with many punters now opting to go to Shelbourne Park in the capital or Newbridge Greyhound Stadium instead.” from Cowen’s brother lands dogs job – Greyhound board insists decision not influenced by politics, Irish Independent, 4th November 2010.

“This bill [Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010] is about ensuring the highest standard possible for our animals. The proposed legislation will not have any implications for other country pursuits such as fox hunting, hare coursing, fishing, deer stalking. All allegations that this is a threat to these industries is false” Clara Councillor Barry Cowen quoted in the Offaly Express, May 11th, 2010

“I know the [greyhound] industry and grew up with it and realise its potential. I grew up realising its impact on rural communities and its great social benefit. It has the potential to be exported and nobody should stand in the way of the Department, the Irish Coursing Club and the Irish Greyhound Board in exploring this to the utmost.” Welfare of Greyhounds Bill 2010, 30th June 2011.

Charles Flanagan TD (Fine Gael, Laois Offaly) 

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

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

“As local TD I condemn this horrible cruelty.” February 2013 tweet from Charlie Flanagan TD, in response to a Journal.ie report which outlined that “animal rights groups have condemned an attack in Co Laois on a fox which was found hanging on a gate after being shot and skinned.”

Sean Fleming, TD (Fianna Fail, Laois Offaly)

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

In April 2018, Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture “his views on ensuring that Ireland does not export greyhounds to countries in which the welfare standards are poor”.

In June 2018, Sean Fleming TD asked the Agriculture Minister “his plans to deal with” fur farming. https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-06-12a.2670

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 Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he intends to alter the current open season for wild female deer to begin on 1 October and end on 30 April in place of the current open season which starts on 1 November and ending on 28 February in view of the fact that female deer give birth beginning in May and are heavily pregnant from February onwards carrying a fully formed fetus and during October female deer still have dependant calves/fawns and to kill the mother at this time would result inthe death from starvation over a number of weeks for the orphaned calf/fawn; and if he will make a statement on the matter.” Dail question from Sean Fleming to Jimmy Deenihan, 22 January 2013.

“To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide the list of locations in respect of the number of licences he has issued under Section 42 of the Wildlife Act which provides for the shooting of wild deer outside the designated open season and allows for night time shooting from the public road with the use of high powered lamps in view of the fact that the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act 1851 prohibits discharge of a firearm from within 60 feet of a public road; if the shooting of wild deer in this situation is legal and even though it is highly dangerous to local communities it has the potential to promote the illegal taking of deer; the reason he continues to issue permits allowing for the culling of female deer while they still have dependant young, which results in the dependant calf/fawn suffering an horrendous death over a number of weeks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.” Dail question from Sean Fleming to Jimmy Deenihan, 26th October, 2011.

Carol Nolan TD (Independent, Laois Offaly)

In June 2016, Carol Nolan 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, as a Sinn Fein TD, she voted against the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €80 million/€80 million of taxpayers’ money to horse and greyhound racing. As an Independent TD in 2018 and 2019, she voted in favour of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations which granted €84 million/€84 million to horse and greyhound racing.

In a 27 February 2018 Dail question, Carol Nolan TD asked the Minister for Agriculture about “his plans to address the issue of the abandonment of lower value horses; if other cost-effective measures will be implemented to promote animal welfare in respect of abandoned horses” https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-02-27a.1406#g1408.q

Brian Stanley TD (Sinn Fein, Laois Offaly)

In June 2016, Brian Stanley 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 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.

On 21 March 2012, Brian Stanley, TD asked the Minister for Agriculture “if minks, cats and racing horses will be included in the upcoming Animal Welfare Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.” Read the full Dail Question and Answer.

“We have a housing and a healthcare crisis and we’re seeing a further €84 million given to two industries which have already received €1.4 billion since 2001! Horse Racing Ireland were in the Oireachtas only a few weeks ago and told us how well their industry was performing. They don’t need this money as much as other sectors do. It would be immoral of us to vote to allocate such over the top funding to an industry where most of it goes to prize money which ends up in the hands of millionaire horse owners. The Greyhound industry also had a lot to answer. The Prime Time investigation, which was carried out earlier this year exposed the animal cruelty that goes on in the sector and also a number of irregularities regarding substance abuse. We cannot support this industry being given taxpayers’ money until it cleans up its act. Shame on Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour who were successful in having the motion passed. Sinn Fein supports a strong Horse Racing and Greyhound industry, but we will not support such obscene levels of funding while there are clear issues in both sectors.” from Laois TD’s Dail vote to end state funding of Greyhound racing defeated, Laois Today, 4th December 2019.

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