'Horses running up and down housing estates and kids can't go out and play,' says councillor

New Bye-Laws in Carlow for the Control of Horses go out to public consultation

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Under the proposed Bye-Laws, no person shall participate in or engage in a race of a horse drawn vehicle on a public road

"Horses are running up and down housing estates and kids can't go out and play," a Carlow councillor has said as new Bye-Laws for the Control of Horses in Carlow go out to public consultation. 

Cllr Fintan Phelan made the remarks at Monday's meeting of Carlow County Council and asked if the new Bye-Laws meant the Council could automatically go and seize a horse in a public area. 

He said: "There are a number of areas in Carlow Town constantly in fear. Horses are running up and down housing estates and kids can't go out and play. It's deadly dangerous. It's a very serious issue in a number of estates. 

"Do the Bye-Laws mean we can automatically go in and seize a horse in a public area?"

Director of Services, Michael Brennan, said: "If they contravene the Bye-Laws, they can be detained straight away. The key is enforcement. It provides for sulkies as well. 

"Horses detained where the owner doesn't come forward, the Council can decide to dispose of the horse within five calendar days."

The Bye-Laws are to be enacted from May 1 of 2019. 

The draft Bye-Laws will repeal the Carlow County Council Control of Horses Bye-Laws 1999 which came into operation in 1999.

A person who contravenes the Bye-Laws shall be guilty of an offence and be liable for every such offence on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €1,500 or to imprisonment not exceeding six months or both.

Under the proposed Bye-Laws, no person shall participate in or engage in a race of a horse drawn vehicle on a public road. 

The Strategic Policy Committee recommended the draft Bye-Laws to Carlow County Council for consideration and to formally initiate the public consultation process.

The Bye-Laws were proposed by Cllr Phelan and seconded by Cllr John Cassin and will now be put out to public consultation. 

Under the new Bye-Laws:

An authorised person or a member of the Garda Síochána may seize and detain any horse that the person or member has reason to suspect is being kept or ridden or driven contrary to these Bye-Laws.

The Council, considering that horses are causing or may cause a nuisance or danger to persons or damage property, hereby prohibits a person from having, keeping, riding or driving a horse in the administrative area of the county of Carlow.

No person shall at any time in a public place turn out any horse to graze or feed, whether tethered or loose.

No person shall at any time cause or allow to cause a horse to stray.

No person shall keep, ride or drive a horse in a public place unless the horse is fitted with a suitable bridle and bit or suitably attached to a carriage or trap designed to be safely so used.

The Council shall be entitled to demand and receive from the owner or keeper of a horse detained under the Act: a) The full and total cost of collecting and transporting it by whatever means from the place where it was detained

and b) The full and total cost of providing it with care and sustenance during the period of its detention and c) The full and total cost of any veterinary attention which the Council or Superintendent have provided.