Saturday August 8, 2020

How the deal might have fallen at the first electronic dog fence

As strange as it sounds, Minister for Business Heather Humphreys‘ pets played a small but pivotal role in the negotiations to form the next government

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

21st June, 2020
Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin and Eamonn Ryan, the respective leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens, look set to enter government

It was Heather Humphreys who put a stop to the Green Party’s desire to ban electronic dog fences.

The Minister for Business’s intervention was one of the colourful moments during five weeks of slow negotiations between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party which finally led to a 126-page programme for government.

The Green Party went into the general election promising to protect animals “from maltreatment and abuse...

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