Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 186 - Answered on 18th December, 2013
Clare Daly, TD (Dublin North, United Left):
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress that has been made in relation to the Garda investigation into cockfighting in County Monaghan; and his plans to increase penalties and enforcement of those guilty of this unlawful activity.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney (Cork South-Central, Fine Gael):
My officials have been in touch with An Garda Siochana in this matter. I understand that investigations are on-going, that good progress has been made and that a file is being prepared for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the New Year.
Cockfighting is illegal in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you have any information about cockfighting activities, please immediately report it to the Gardai. For the phone numbers of Garda stations, please visit: www.garda.ie/Stations/Default.aspx. If you are in Northern Ireland, contact the police at www.psni.police.uk Visit our Stop Cockfighting campaign page