Se­ri­ous prob­lem as horses roam es­tates


A MEET­ING to dis­cuss the con­tin­u­ing prob­lems of horses freely roam­ing lo­cal hous­ing es­tates in Wicklow town will in­volve the coun­cils, gar­dai and any in­ter­ested par­ties.

Town Man­ager, Michael Ni­chol­son, says the sit­u­a­tion is ‘get­ting very se­ri­ous’.

Mr. Ni­chol­son said the horses come down from the hill in Bal­lyguile in search of water, wan­der­ing into gar­dens and dam­ag­ing cars.

Wicklow Town Coun­cil con­trib­ute €2,000 a year to­ward an­i­mal wel­fare ser­vices in­volv­ing the seizure of roam­ing horses, with Wicklow County Coun­cil, who run the ser­vice, spend­ing ‘an ab­so­lute for­tune, and most of it spent in Wicklow town,’ says Mr. Ni­chol­son.

Cllr. Gar­rett O’Reilly, speak­ing at this week’s town coun­cil bud­get meet­ing, said there was an ‘on­go­ing prob­lem in Bal­lyguile with horses run­ning wild. Cars are get­ting dam­aged and peo­ple are se­ri­ously wor­ried.’

Mr. Ni­chol­son felt that ‘seiz­ing horses and bring­ing them down to the pound’ wasn’t the an­swer.

‘ The horse is col­lected and the next day they are back out there again.’

He went on to say, ‘if they are coun­cil ten­ants of ours then they aren’t al­lowed have an­i­mals.

‘We will cover that and se­ri­ously look into it.

There were 26 horses out there at one stage. It is get­ting very se­ri­ous.’

Mr. Ni­chol­son added that a meet­ing in­volv­ing the own­ers, gar­dai, town coun­cil, county coun­cil and other in­ter­ested par­ties is be­ing or­gan­ised.

A sim­i­lar prob­lem of wan­der­ing horses at an­other Co. Wicklow es­tate in 2010.

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