It has been widely leaked in the Irish Press that the Green Party is pushing an animal rights agenda in a bid to get support from their party faithful to support economic cut backs by the government of which they form a part.
A formal letter was this week sent to An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD, by the Chair of the Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI) and a constituent of Mr Cowen. The HAI has mobilised support to keep the pressure on Fianna Fail, the majority party in the Government, not to heed the pressure from the Green Party to implement animal rights legislation on the Statute Book in Ireland. The message to An Taoiseach has been loud and clear, urging him not to make the same mistakes that have been made in the mainland UK in relation to hunting and coursing.
The programme for government is going to be agreed today (Friday 9th October) between Fianna Fail and the Green Party.