Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (1038)

Holly Cairns

Question:

1038. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the additional urban horse welfare programmes he will introduce in 2021 as per the Programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7460/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department continues to support a number of urban horse projects nationwide, supporting with infrastructure and bringing education on all aspects of equine welfare to disadvantaged areas and I intend to provide for further additional supports in urban areas.

My officials work with and support local authorities and NGOs in progressing urban projects and there are currently projects at every stage from the initial feasibility and planning stages to the operating stage around the country. I have asked my officials to prioritise urban horse welfare in the context of the recently-launched Animal Welfare Strategy 2021-2025.