Ireland is "a long way from being progressive in animal welfare"
25 March 2016
Newly re-elected TD, Maureen O'Sullivan, has told a packed Dail Eireann that Ireland is "a long way from being progressive in animal welfare". The Dublin Central politician, and president of the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, was speaking during the first sitting of the thirty second Dail on March 10th.
Her efforts to secure a ban on hare coursing, fox hunting, fur farming, animal circuses and badger snaring are clearly set to continue after the formation of a new government.
During the "Nominations for Ceann Comhairle" speech, Maureen also took the opportunity to tell the assembled TDs that "we have major challenges regarding climate and the environment."
"Tá seans againn rudaí a dhéanamh i slí dhifriúil. Caithfimid é sin a dhéanamh anois. Tá sé riachtanach," she added. "We have a chance to do things differently. Let's do it now. It's essential."
Her speech received a huge round of applause from the TDs.
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