Fine Gael: "Fine Gael will reverse the ban on stag hunting." (FG manifesto, 2011)
Labour Party: Will not support a reversal of the staghunt ban. On national radio in February 2011, party leader, Eamon Gilmore stated: "We do not believe in reversing the legislation. The legislation was passed. We accept that. We won't reverse it."
Green Party: Achieved ban on staghunting as part of last Government. The party's 2011 manifesto states that they will "introduce legislation to ban hare coursing" and "make the hunting of animals with hounds an offence under law".
Fianna Fail: There is no mention of animal welfare in the party's manifesto.
Sinn Fein: At Sinn Fein's 2010 Ard Fheis, a motion was passed which stated: "this Ard Fheis acknowledges the support in rural Ireland for traditional rural occupations including hunting, fishing, and hare coursing, acknowledges the...potential economic damage posed by an outright ban, believes that hunting and fishing should continue to be regulated in the interests of sustainable wildlife management...we oppose an outright ban [on coursing]."
Socialist Party: "Joe Higgins TD and the Socialist Party oppose all cruelty against animals, including of course blood sports." from the office of Joe Higgins TD, March 2013. An article entitled "Ban all blood sports" appears on the Socialist Party website. In it, a Social Party Youth representative describes how foxes are "torn to pieces by the dogs" at the end of hunts, describes the activity as a barbaric practice and calls for a complete ban on blood sports in Ireland. Socialist Party TD, Joe Higgins is on record as saying: "I am opposed to the hunting of foxes by hounds as indeed I am opposed to live hare coursing."
Fis Nua: At a 2011 Fis Nua convention, a motion was passed which states that the party "denounce all forms of animal cruelty and terrorisation, and hunting animals for sport." This is now Fis Nua's stated policy on animal welfare.
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