Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 538 - Answered on 17th June, 2014
Maureen O'Sullivan, TD (Dublin Central, Independent)
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine what was involved in the invitation process in the lead up to the Dublin Castle Animal Welfare Conference held on 16 May 2014; the way his Department selected requests to attend; the reason hunting organisations were invited while other animal welfare groups were not invited; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney
A wide cross section of individuals was invited to attend the conference, including some members of animal rights groups. A member of National Animal Rights Association was invited to the conference but chose not to attend, while the President of Irish Council against Blood sports was in attendance. Delegates from the Hunting Association of Ireland were also in attendance.