Dáil debates

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation

 

12:50 pm

Photo of Gino KennyGino Kenny (Dublin Mid West, People Before Profit Alliance)

I raise an issue that is very different from those we have just discussed. In two months' time, the Clondalkin Equine Club, which promotes urban horse ownership and equine education, will close. This is incredible because thus far the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has spent €800,000 building and funding the project. I cannot fault the Department whatsoever; it has done a brilliant job. We are in a situation where 20 young people will have nowhere to stable their horses come July. This is a travesty when we consider the amount of money - up to €70 billion - that has been paid to the horse industry. The club is looking for a fraction of that. We speak about young people's health and well-being. In July, this club will have to close for the sake of a small amount of money. I appeal to the Government to come together and develop an interdepartmental response to fund this project.

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