Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (537)

Pat Deering

Ceist:

537. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of stray horses that have been seized by Department officials in each county in the first four months of the year and the total cost involved. [21498/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department provides funding under the Control of Horses Act, 1996 to assist local authorities in implementing the provisions of the Act in relation to stray, abandoned and wandering horses. Local authorities submit claims to my Department on a quarterly basis in arrears in respect of horses seized by them in implementation of the Act.

To date completed claims in respect of January, February and March 2014 (quarter 1) have not being received from all local authorities. Claims in respect of April 2014 will be included in quarter 2 claims and are not due to be submitted to my Department until mid August 2014. No payments have issued in respect of quarter 1, 2014 to date.

However, based on the claims received to date, the following table shows the statistics for horses seized in January, February and March 2014.

Name of County/City Council

No. Horses Seized 2014

Carlow

*

Clare

13

Cork County

77

Cork City

39

Donegal

2

Dublin City

108

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

2

Fingal (Dublin)

96

Galway County

73

Kerry

*

Kildare

146

Kilkenny

34

Laois

91

Leitrim

42

Limerick City

*

Limerick County

*

Longford

15

Louth

37

Mayo

*

Meath

62

Monaghan

*

Offaly

38

Roscommon

64

Sligo

59

South Dublin

*

Tipperary North

56

Tipperary South

83

Waterford City

18

Waterford County

21

Westmeath

39

Wexford

*

Wicklow

118

Totals

1333

*No claim in respect of Q1 2014 has been received to date.