Sunday 11 December 2016

Backing barbarous hare coursing that damages tourism

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Timmy Dooley voted for hare coursing Picture: Tom Burke
Timmy Dooley voted for hare coursing Picture: Tom Burke

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley says he's concerned that a perception of corruption in Irish sport might have an adverse affect on our tourism industry.

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I'm sure he stays up all night worrying about our sporting reputation abroad. Mr Dooley was one of 114 TDs who voted against a Dáil Bill to abolish live hare coursing in June. I wonder if he and the other politicians who see fit to allow this cruel practice to continue have any concerns about the negative image it presents internationally.

Hare coursing is about as far removed from the Olympic spirit as you can get. Instead of promoting fair competition or equality of opportunity, it involves an unequal contest between pairs of hyped-up greyhounds pitted against the gentlest creature in the Irish countryside.

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