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Control of Horses

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 January 2021

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Questions (891)

Pádraig O'Sullivan


891. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he is satisfied that local authorities such as a local authority (details supplied) are enforcing the Control of Horses Act 1996 adequately; his views on having multiple horse wardens with a particular focus on problem areas for horse abuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3893/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Control of Horses Act 1996 provides powers to local authorities enabling them to control stray and wandering horses in their areas. Enforcement of the Act is a matter for each Local Authority and they have powers under the act to appoint authorised officers within their area. I have no function in relation to staffing matters pertaining to local authorities.

The Deputy will be aware that, in December 2020, I provided funding to 101 animal welfare organisations throughout the country, many of which care for equines and several of which are based in Cork.

The Programme for Government includes commitments to prioritise equine welfare and to provide additional urban horse welfare programmes, in particular, to which I am fully committed.

My Department will continue to work in close collaboration with Local Authorities and take a proactive approach in tackling challenges by developing facilities for urban populations, and in educating young people among these communities in the care and welfare of horses.