Many of us have been moved by the heroism of John Byrne, the homeless man who jumped into the Liffey to save his pet rabbit. Equally, I'm sure the majority of us abhor the act of the young man who threw the animal in.
I can't help but reflect on the contrast between the decency and compassion of Mr Byrne and the plans being laid by over 70 coursing clubs right now for another season of hare baiting.
The Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht has to decide whether to grant a licence permitting these clubs. I hope Jimmy Deenihan reflects on Mr Byrne's actions, as he can withhold these licences without getting his feet wet.
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