Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Questions (2521)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

2521. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of persons who had their horse licence revoked in each of the years 2018 to 2020 under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19727/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Under the Control of Horses Act 1996, a Local Authority may, under bye-laws, declare all or any part of its functional area to be a control area. Under section 18 of the Act and subject to certain exemptions, a horse kept in such a control area must have a licence. Such licenses are issued by the relevant Local Authorities who also have the power to suspend, revoke or amend the terms or conditions of a horse licence.

These licenses are not issued or revoked under the Animal, Health and Welfare Act, 2013. I refer the Deputy to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage who may be able to provide the statistics requested.