A local horse sanctuary is set to receive €20,000 in Government funding after the Minister for Agriculture visited its premises last week.
Minister Simon Coveney paid a visit to Hungry Horse Outside last Thursday, May 8, in the company of Fine Gael European election candidates Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins, and his announcement took the charity’s volunteer workers by surprise.
“We would like to thank Minister Coveney for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit us in Longford,” said Hilary Robinson of Hungry Horse Outside.
“During his visit the Minister announced that he would be offering us €20,000 to continue our work; a very unexpected and much-needed surprise.
“We would like to thank the Minister and his colleagues for their appreciation of what we do in Longford,” she added.
The money will be provided to the charity through the Department of Agriculture.
Ms Robinson was also delighted with the number of workers and volunteers who turned-out for the event.
“We would also like to thank everyone who came over to support from our side: Donnagh McDonnell, our vet; Michael King, our county vet; Sue Paling from Sai Sanctuary; and Robert Donaghue who lent us his trap for Garfield [the horse] again. Your ongoing support and belief in what we do has been incredible.
“Finally, thank you to all our followers who who consistently support our work; we hope you will continue following us, our work, and our animals through their journey from being rescued or impounded until they day they finally go home.”
Speaking about her visit to the sanctuary with Minister Coveney, Mairead McGuinness MEP added that, “Hungry Horse Outside provides an invaluable service in rescuing and restoring horses and ponies to health, where possible.
“The centre also matches horses with new owners and it was a privilege to see the incredible work carried out there.”