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Control of Horses

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (763)

Thomas Gould


763. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the horse project for Cork city. [61204/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is fully committed to supporting sustainable, One Health, One Welfare initiatives in line with the Programme for Government and Working Together for Animal Welfare, Ireland's Animal Welfare Strategy 2021-2025.

In this context, DAFM supported three equine education modules with funding of almost €20,000 provided to the Urban Horse Projects in 2016, and is open to supporting further "One Health, One Welfare" projects country wide.

The Cork City Horse Project is a collaborative initiative involving Cork City and County Councils and community stakeholders including the Traveller Visibility Group, and is a continuation of the Horse Forum which dates from 2011. The Department continues to participate in the group's meetings where, in recent years, efforts have been focused on finding suitable space to locate a Horse Project within the Cork City boundaries.

The Department would very much welcome a submission from the project, through Cork City Council for assistance under our Urban Horse Projects scheme once a suitable location has been established in the City.