Finglas Horses

Yesterday Councillors Tormey, Connaughton, McAuliffe and Redmond plus Dessie Ellis TD met Fingal County Council Senior staff members Mick Lourican and Rory O’Dulaing at the Civic Offices in Mellows Road to discuss the Dunsink Area Horse problem.

Fingal have constructively addressed part of this problem. They enlisted the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT) for advice and have microchipped and passported all horses in their newly set up club and have accompanying names and photographs of the horse owners. A round up of other horses was done in February 2011.

This horse club and committee was form by Fingal staff. Horses not part of this scheme are now impounded. There are 60 horses on about 16.5 acres of land near the St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s sites on Dunsink Lane. Fingal County Council have provided €5000 English actors €1500 and the IHWT €1500 to get this going. The horse owners are required to feed their horses and to look after them. Its seems that the horses will be let graze on Dunsink during the Summer months. Horses in fields require 1.5 acres of grazing per horse per year. This gives a clear understanding of why there was such horse misery evident at Dunsink Dump last Winter.

Fingal have been involved with some of the big names in the Irish racing industry. Thoroughbred horses do not survive as well in rough conditions as the usual mixed horses seen in Finglas.

There is a plan for stabling and paddocks. Twenty students involved in horses were qualified at VTEK Level 4 Horse and Stable Management recently. The Fingal officials were impressed with the high quality performance of these people many of whom intend to work in the horse industry.

Colm Kiernan from the Finglas Horse and Pony Club said that many of those participants were club members but that this left a lot of horses and owners uncatered for. Dublin City Council is currently taking court action to repossess an expensive publically owned facility at Meakstown.

Clearly the closure of Smithfield Horse Fair and the enforcement of current requirements will continue and the problems remain but the Fingal action to date has evolved into a potential national template. The IHWT has organised castration of stallions to control numbers as mares in foal were a huge problem in the area.

Further updates on this issue will be posted when they become available.