BIG READ: Calls for 'adequate space and stables for horses' in response to draft Bye-Laws

'Owning horses is a significant part of Traveller culture...'

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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

Members of the Travelling community have made a submission to draft Bye-Laws for the Control of Horses in Carlow which had been out to public consultation over the last few weeks.

One submission received by the local authority, seen by Carlow Live, is signed "on behalf of Traveller men" and asks the Council to "progress providing adequate space and stables for horses in County Carlow".

The submission objects to the proposed new Bye-Laws and wants to "stress the affect this proposal will have on the health and wellbeing of the Travelling Community". 

The "men gathered" wrote: "Owning horses is a significant part of Traveller culture.

"All Traveller men in attendance would like to clearly state their objection to the proposed new Bye-Laws on Horse Control for Carlow as it does not provide for the cultural needs of the Travelling community and feel that it will also negatively impact on the mental health and wellbeing of the Travelling community."

The submissions states: "The men gathered also wish to state that as horses are important to the Traveller culture they are in agreement that they would also not condone bad animal welfare and are in agreement to a Bye-Law that not only protects and respects horses but also respects Traveller culture. 

"Lastly the men gathered would appreciate a response from the Council on not only their objections to the proposed new Bye-Laws but also on how to progress providing adequate space and stables for horses in County Carlow". 

Cllr Fergal Browne raised the submission at this month's meeting of Carlow County Council and asked if it was possible for the local authority to provide the space and stables being requested. 

Speaking at the meeting last Monday, Director of Services, Michael Brennan, said the closing date for submissions from the general public on the draft Bye-Laws was last week. 

He said a "number of submissions" had been received and the matter will be referred to the next housing Strategic Policy Committee meeting. 

"The Bye-Laws cover all people and not just a particular group. They are across the board," he added. 

Over €26,000 was spent last year by Carlow County Council on the Control of Horses, Carlow Live previously revealed.

The Bye-Laws are expected 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.

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.

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.