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Names redacted in letter to City Council memebers

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:54pm

A cross-party group of activists have renewed their call for Cork to be a fur-free city.

The campaign drew controversy recently when the names of campaign members were redacted from a letter circulated to Cork City Council members.

Sinn Féin’s Chris O'Leary said he was entitled to know who was lobbying him with council officials saying the names were redacted following advice under data-protection laws.

This was something Cllr Chris O’Leary took issue with at a recent meeting of Cork City Council, saying that he couldn’t agree with something if he didn’t know who was lobbying him.

Mark Cronin, one of authors of the letter and the Green Party candidate in the Cork City North West ward, said he agreed with Cllr O'Leary and invited him to meet formally with the group to discuss the idea.

“We're completely open about who we are and what we want. We've been holding a stall on St Patrick's Street every weekend on this issue for the past six months. The support from the public has been spectacular. Very strong, I would say.

“There are currently three fur farms in operation in Ireland and 200,000 mink are killed in Ireland each year for their fur, mainly for export.”

Cllr O’Leary told the Cork Independent that he is also willing to meet with the members.

He said his issue was not the group’s campaign but the fact that the names were redacted.

“We are entitled to see who is writing to the council. Under the Lobbying Act, anyone writing to the council is supposed to say who they are. I think it was someone being overzealous and redacted the names.

“Officially I haven’t been told from City Hall who the organisation is but I know who it is because I received a letter from them on Wednesday morning asking that I meet with them. I’m willing to meet and I support their campaign. It was the issue of their names being redacted from the letter that I had the problem with.”

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