FIANNA Fail councillor Sean Lynch has pledged to sit on a committee to be set up to administer a horse project in Limerick.
The former detective garda says he will use expertise garnered from his previous career to ensure “no outside element comes in and tries to take it over”.
At a council meeting last week, Cllr Lynch sought an update on the horse project, which will provide a facility for horse owners to look after their animals.
The hope is that it will see an end to the illegal grazing of horses which is commonplace in city estates.
He was told by director of service Kieran Lehane the plan is firmly on the council’s radar.
Cllr Lynch said providing a horse project in the city would give youngsters a sense of purpose.
“I feel if they are given a horse project [it will] give them the responsibility. They have never been given responsibility in their lives. Let them have the responsibility to run and assist the running of this project,” he said.
This, Cllr Lynch said, would enable the breaking of a cycle in a child’s life.
“For many of these kids, their father or grandfather, or whatever, was always involved in crime. They never saw responsible adults. Now there is an opportunity to change their whole cycle,” he explained.
The City West councillor said any place a horse project is built must be easily accessible by public transport.
“You don’t want to see people flying out of the road in their cars, as this raises other issues,” he said.
Back in 2008, the then Defence Minister Willie O’Dea pulled the plug on a planned horse project on his department’s land in Knockalisheen following opposition from Meelick.