Brigid de­mands ac­tion as horses stam­pede

May 1986

Bray People - - NEWS -

Ar­range­ments for im­pound­ing wan­der­ing horses in Bray have been crit­i­cised in the wake of two in­ci­dents last week in­volv­ing strays.

Ac­cord­ing to Coun­cil­lor Brigid Han­non from Lit­tle Bray, it is a ‘mir­a­cle’ that no­body was killed or in­jured fol­low­ing a stam­pede by four an­i­mals on Fri­day last.

And she has backed re­cent calls for the ap­point­ment of a full-time pound keeper in or­der to step up Coun­cil ‘round-ups’ of the horses.

The lat­est in­ci­dents in­volved 13 horses gal­lop­ing around res­i­den­tial ar­eas on Thurs­day last and four stam­ped­ing on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Cllr Han­non said that she was in con­tact with the gar­dai sev­eral times dur­ing the day, but they were un­able to lock up the horses be­cause the pound-keeper, who takes on the duty on a parttime ba­sis, was not avail­able.

‘I was watch­ing the horses for about four hours on Fri­day to see how long it took to take them in fol­low­ing com­plaints about the 13 horses on Thurs­day,’ said Cllr Han­non.

She said that at one stage the four horses went into a stam­pede down a nar­row lane in Lit­tle Bray and could have caused se­ri­ous in­jury.

She feels a full-time pound-keeper should be ap­pointed to en­sure that the pound will be con­stantly ready to take in horses and sup­ported calls for such an ap­point­ment at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing by John and Liz McManus.

She said that last Fri­day she was es­pe­cially wor­ried that the horses could cause in­jury to chil­dren at­tend­ing St Peter’s Pri­mary School in Lit­tle Bray.

She has also called for leg­is­la­tion which would en­force stricter re­quire­ments on peo­ple who keep horses, in par­tic­u­lar a li­cens­ing sys­tem.

A last week’s meet­ing of Bray Ur­ban Coun­cil, Act­ing County Man­ager Brian John­ston said that coun­cil ten­ants who kept horses could be evicted for break­ing their ten­ancy agree­ments.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.