Tuesday 23 January 2018

Gormley agrees to review dog breeding bill

Fiach Kelly

ENVIRONMENT Minister John Gormley is to look at changing aspects of his controversial dog breeding bill to allow some leeway for the greyhound industry.

Mr Gormley met a delegation of Fianna Fail TDs and senators yesterday who are strongly opposed to aspects of the bill.

The Green-driven Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009, which aims to clamp down on puppy farming, is seen as a potentially contentious issue between Fianna Fail and the Greens, along with the proposed ban on corporate donations.

Yesterday's meeting was rescheduled from Tuesday, when some FF TDs accused Mr Gormley of snubbing them, although the minister said there was a mix-up.

Limerick West FF TD Niall Collins said people in the south of the country were hugely concerned about the new legislation because of the negative effect it would have on the greyhound industry.

"The greyhound industry employs 11,000 people and is worth €250m to the economy," Mr Collins said.

Meanwhile, the Ward Union Hunt Club said that the Government's grounds for banning stag hunting did not stand up to scrutiny.

Irish Independent

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