Dáil debates

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

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


12:47 pm

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Alejandro Miszan, a nine-year-old boy from Enniscorthy, as the Taoiseach well knows, was attacked by a pit bull terrier in November. I will not say he has fully recovered - he will never fully recover - but, gladly, he is back home with his parents in Enniscorthy.

Quite a number of constituents have raised this issue with me and reckon that the Government is not moving quickly enough on dangerous dogs. A dog warden stated on national radio this morning that, once upon a time, dog wardens only dealt with vicious dogs, but now they are also dealing with vicious owners. Aggression towards dog wardens has increased dramatically over the years, so them having body cams should be considered. Having dangerous dogs is now being used for social status, one directed towards aggression and intimidation. Swift action is needed. That action should be led by politicians and the Department should be directed and told what to do on the issue.


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