The Donkey Sanctuary was honoured by the presence of Minister Simon Coveney from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Minister Coveney was accompanied by TV3 and reporter Paul Byrne who interviewed Noel Carton and Paddy Barrett.
Noel spoke on the Animal Welfare aspect regarding the cruelty of donkeys being rescued by the Sanctuary at present whilst Paddy mentioned the huge increase in the number of neglected donkeys in Ireland at present due to indiscriminate breeding.
Minister Coveney spoke on new Animal Welfare legislation being implemented next year. The Minister was very impressed with the professionalism shown by The Donkey Sanctuary in caring for these neglected animals. He announced the great news that we will receive a grant of €54,000 this year - an increase of 8%. This we very much appreciate and thank him for. He said he would visit The Donkey Sanctuary with his family in the new year.
Obviously the Minister has a great love for donkeys. As a boy reared on a farm outside Cork City, his parents owned two donkeys . He loved these donkeys and learned to ride on one of them.
The interview was aired on the 5.30pm national news this evening. Thanks to all the staff who came in early to get Knockardbane ready for the visit of Minister Coveney and the TV3 crew. Well done to all who helped out.