Thursday, 14 July 2022
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Control of Horses
The Control of Horses Act 1996 provides powers to local authorities enabling them to control stray and wandering horses in their geographical areas. Enforcement of the Act is a matter for each local authority.
Section 15 of the Act provides that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine may make grants towards the expenses of a local authority incurred under the Act. Based on the claims for financial support submitted to the Department by the local authorities, the figures below detail the number of equines seized in each of the last five years.
The Control of Horses (COH) Act 1996 (the Act) provides powers to local authorities, enabling them to control stray and wandering horses in their geographical areas. Enforcement of the Act is a matter for the relevant local authority, in this case Cork City Council. In line with the Act, My Department provides funding to the council as a contribution towards the costs incurred by them in operation of the COH Act.
Funding provided to Cork City Council by my Department in this regard over the last five years may be summarised as follows:
2022 to date: €1,550.00
The Programme for Government places a positive emphasis on animal welfare and specifically commits to the continued robust enforcement of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. This Act provides a modern framework for regulating and applying standards in the area of animal health and welfare. My Department enforces this legislation, and has addressed a number of welfare issues in recent years in both Cork City and County, working closely with An Garda Síochána and authorised officers from the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and local authority officials.