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animal abuse is not sport
tipperary / animal rights / press release Monday February 12, 2018 17:05 by Bernie Wright   image 1 image
Press Release. Re National Coursing Final 2018

Our group co-organised the large demonstration against Live Hare Coursing at the Powerstown Park Coursing Disgrace.

A quieter than usual and less well attended event. RTE did not even give much coverage, thankfully it’s a dying pastime which for us is the equivalent to child abuse.

Our biggest question was- why was a convicted man on charges of blooding gentle hares [to train his dogs} allowed participate?
He was Ger Mc Kenna’s son Owen Mc Kenna who was filmed at a Tipperary track some years ago. Journalist Donal McIntyre secretly filmed McKenna and others clearly blooding the dogs, for a BBC documentary on the greyhound industry. A court case ensued and Judge Michael Patwell sentenced Owen McKenna and a number of other defendants to prison terms.

Please see link (below) to footage of the blooding session (part of the documentary entitled “On the Line”) in which you will see Mr. McKenna calmly inflict pain and suffering on the captive rabbits.
The ICC should now be asked to explain its position…how can it possibly stand over McKenna’s involvement in the National Coursing Meeting if, as it claims, it does not blooding.

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tipperary / anti-capitalism / news report Friday October 22, 2010 13:33 by Paddy Healy
About 100 people attended a meeting sponsored by Workers and Unemployed Action Group (South Tipperary) in Clonmel last night to discuss the alternative budget measures contained in “4Steps 2 Recovery”

The meeting was chaired by Cllr Seamus Healy. Five WUAG councillors were also in attendance. read full story / add a comment
tipperary / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Tuesday September 28, 2010 18:18 by Cllr Seamus Healy
Cllr. Seamus Healy, Chairperson Save Our Acute Hospital Services Committee, has called on Minister Martin Mansergh T.D. to publicly support South Tipperary General Hospital and to publicly call on the Minister for Health and the Health Service Executive to stop the so-called reconfiguration process.

Minister Mansergah’s Fianna Fáil colleague, Wexford Minister Sean Connick T.D. has already publicly called, on Monday’s Morning Ireland programme, for the reconfiguration of Wexford General Hospital to be parked.
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tipperary / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday March 31, 2010 18:57 by Paula Geraghty   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 01, 2010 07:55)   video 1 video file
Anger was palpable on the streets of Clonmel, particularly directed at Martin Mansergh, local Fianna Faíl politician and Mary Harney, who was described as 'an excuse for a human being'. read full story / add a comment
ban hare coursing
tipperary / animal rights / news report Thursday September 10, 2009 20:24 by Bernie Wright   text 3 comments (last - friday september 11, 2009 15:08)   image 3 images   video 2 video files
An allegation that the offices of the Sporting Press in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, which describes itself as the “official organ of the Irish Coursing Club (ICC), has been raided within the past few days by the Garda Fraud Squad has been leaked by Coursing supporters. This allegation is contained on an Internet chat forum called the “Greyhound Knowledge Forum”.

In the course of an exchange of views and comments by forum members, mainly in relation to Minister John Gormley’s upcoming decision on whether to grant a hare-netting license to the ICC, a person calling himself “Vinny Grennan” refers specifically to the presence of the Fraud Squad in the Sporting Press offices in Clonmel.

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