Brigid demands action as horses stampede
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.