Government must intervene to help Dublin Zoo – Currie

18th November 2020 - Emer Currie

Government must intervene to help Dublin Zoo as a matter of urgency, a Fine Gael Senator has said.

Senator Emer Currie said the national facility is enjoyed by children from all over Ireland and must be prioritised.

Senator Currie said: “Dublin Zoo is an always-on business, they can’t just shut up shop. Despite the huge shortfall in visitor numbers due to Covid restrictions, the facility must still meet fixed running costs.

“But even more than a business, it’s a home – a home to more than 400 animals that cost €500,000 to feed every month. We’ve helped homes all across the country as a government and this home shouldn’t be any different.

“The zoo is not just a tourist attraction or a day out, it’s a huge local employer and a key cog in wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

“The zoo has been an integral part of the vibrant fabric of the Phoenix Park for almost 200 years. It has transformed beyond recognition in the past decade, with extensive work undertaken to make the zoo one of the best in the world.

“The government must intervene to ensure this fantastic facility does not close. It has played a major role in family life in Ireland for generations.

“I welcome assurances from the Taoiseach in the Dáil today that the Government will do everything it can to support the zoo.

“We must work quickly to ensure funding is provided as soon as possible so that visitors can continue to enjoy this facility for years to come.”

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