It's a real pity it didn't happen and I feel genuinely sorry for them this morning. All the hunt staff, kennel men and the countless employees in the area that look after livery horses, ancillary businesses and the deer farm will be out of work fairly soon. An end to deer hunting was inevitably going to come in Ireland, it's just a pity that both sides became so entrenched.
I'm still kind of flabbergasted that they thought they could get this through and they would be back hunting this September. Yes the vote was close but this is finely worked out stuff; and whatever the amazing countryside forces RISE galvanised, it was never going to be good enough for party politics.
What I know so far of what happened last night -
Christy O'Sullivan who abstained in the first vote, voted for the Government in the second, and in the walk-through. Mary Wallace, the Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East, voted with the Government to support the bill. Why make such a steam about it when you vote for it anyway Mary? Yet again, rebel FF TD's hot air could barely get a domestic kettle to even think about boiling.
Mary's statement said "I decided, in the national interest not to be instrumental in the fall of this Government. Despite my strong objections to this Bill, I believe a General Election would be wrong for the country and indeed for my community'