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Enterprise Minister Bruton seeks legal advice on closure of Smithfield Horse Fair

The move follows violence at the fair earlier this month.

Smithfield plaza where violence broke out earlier this month
Smithfield plaza where violence broke out earlier this month
Image: Press Association

THE MINISTER FOR Enterprise, Richard Bruton, is seeking legal advice on the possible closure of the Smithfield Horse Market in Dublin.

The move follows the violence which marred the fair earlier this month when two men were shot and another was injured with a slash hook.

Richard Bruton has made a detailed submission to the Attorney General seeking advice on the closure.

In a statement, he added that in the meantime there were laws governing casual trading and animal welfare which can be used to regulate trading at Smithfield, RTÉ reports.

Bruton added that the area of law was extremely complex amid calls from the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to shut the fair down immediately.

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