Saturday 29 November 2014

The seagulls have landed FF senator in hot water

Nicola Anderson and Paul Melia

Published 19/07/2014 | 02:30

A Seagull investigates a  discarded paper bag in Dublin's St Stephens Green .
17/7/14
Pic Frank Mc Grath
A Seagull investigates a discarded paper bag in Dublin's St Stephens Green . 17/7/14 Pic Frank Mc Grath

SENIOR politicians and bird experts have rushed to the defence of seagulls after a Fianna Fail senator said the "sky rats" were becoming a threat to public safety.

Tourism Minister Pascal Donohoe said the birds added colour to the city, while wildlife experts warned that some species faced extinction.

The comments came after Fianna Fail senator Ned O'Sullivan said the "sky rats" had "lost the run of themselves", claiming that one constituent said her pet chihuahua was almost abducted by one.

New Tourism Minister Pascal Donohoe defended the city's seagull population, saying: "I tend to think bird life is something to value.

Irish Independent

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