Sean Defoe
Sean Defoe

06.57 22 Jun 2021


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Fur farming is set to be banned in Ireland under proposals going to Cabinet this morning.

Ministers will be told the practice in this country will be ended by the start of next year.

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue will ask his Cabinet colleagues to allow him to draft a bill banning fur farming from early 2022.

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It's estimated there are around 120,000 mink on three farms based in counties Laois, Donegal and Kerry.

The owners of the farms will receive compensation under the plans.

The commitment around mink farming is in the programme for government, but was expedited after concerns were raised about COVID cases in mink in other countries.

Those concerns led to health officials recommending a cull of tens of thousands of mink on Irish farms, although the cull ultimately did not go ahead.

The new bill is also likely to say that cats, chinchillas, dogs, foxes, mink and weasels - including stoats - shall not be farmed for their fur or skin.

Separately, Minister Roderic O'Gorman will ask his colleagues to approve a review of equality legislation in Ireland to examine whether or not it's effective.

It will also consider whether socio-economic background or gender identity should be included as grounds for discrimination under existing legislation.

Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien will seek formal approval to increase the Part V provision from 10% to 20% of new developments, for affordable and social housing.

Junior Minister Robert Troy will ask Cabinet to approve a bill that would allow companies an alternative to examinership during temporary financial difficulties, called the Small Company Rescue Process.

Main image: A mink sits on a rock near the premises of a mink farm in Germany. Picture by: Peter Foerster/DPA/PA Images

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