It’s back to the future where sports fans can finally watch All Ireland games in a way that hasn’t really been possible since 2019, whether it’s Galway versus Kerry or my neighbors heading towards the ‘big smoke’ too – sadly – witness the home region lose to the talented Limerick boys.
But we wouldn’t be able to enjoy All Ireland games at all if some politicians got their way, as they could split us apartheid-style into a rural republic and a city republic of Ireland, with the former enjoying additional privileges.
Certainly, a group of rural Fine Gael TDs, senators and former ministers recently criticized the “false narrative” about agriculture’s impact on Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, which “puts all the blame on both farmers and rural residents”, claiming “what we urgently need to do.” do necessity is fair game for rural Ireland”.
Aside from lumping all farming sectors together and treating rural Ireland as a sort of brand inherently linked to farming, these politicians seem only interested in select parts of rural Ireland, from the dairy sector to the responsible for most of the CO2 emissions, right down to the rabbit hunting club.
With that in mind, it’s not time to stop the nonsense that coursing is uniquely rural, as the same thing happens in urban areas, although those who enjoy setting big dogs on small creatures and betting on the outcome, Have to use rabbits and kittens or puppies because bunnies are even thinner on the cement floor? Some coursing clubs like to cite a study that found rabbit populations performed better in coursing areas. What they won’t add is that the researchers surveyed just one out of 76 coursing clubs and let the coursers do the counting.
Fine Gael rightly says there is a difference between town and country – with 78 per cent of rural Ireland wanting a ban on rabbit racing, ahead of 76 per cent of urban Ireland
Still, you’re wondering how the Attorney General, after her role in defending this activity, can promote new legislation that would allow someone to be prosecuted on the basis that their words and actions have shown hatred.
Or how else would you describe inflicting terror and stress on wild creatures by ripping them out of their habitat and locking them in pens before they are forced to run for their lives resulting in some broken backs, dislocated hips or suffer death? Isn’t that why we never see footage of this so-called sport on TV where rabbits scream like children?
That didn’t seem to bother McEntee in 2019, when an illness was afoot that threatened our endangered bunny. Minister Josepha Madigan took the unprecedented step of suspending the coursing license in August of that year after a hare and rabbit tested positive for the deadly RHD2 virus.
McEntee was one of 16 Fine Gael ministers, TDs and senators so concerned that the party was labeled anti-rural that they invited Madigan to what they said was a heated meeting, at which they appeared to “toast ‘, according to a source. She added she was ‘a bit paranoid because she’s from south Dublin’.
The stack worked; the license was reinstated in November. Secure the party’s popularity with a powerful clique and leave the rest of us wondering why some think it’s okay to hurt a little rabbit or the feelings of the majority in this country who cares about them.
2019 was also the year a Red C poll found most of us want rabbit coursing banned. In a way, Fine Gael is right that there is a difference between town and country – with 78 per cent of rural Ireland wanting a ban, ahead of 76 per cent of urban Ireland.
Not that Fine Gael stands alone, as we will no doubt find when a private member’s Paul Murphy-introduced bill banning hare-courting is brought before the Dáil later this year. Expect Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin to also use the party whip to ensure hare-coursing continues on its undemocratic and diabolical ways in an area that feels less like a republic and more like a united state of self-interested politicians can.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/lay-of-the-land-the-bloody-truth-is-coursing-not-just-confined-to-countryside-41879432.html Lay of the Land: The bloody truth isn’t just limited to the land