Good news hopefully! According to Miriam Lord in todays Irish Times, the dogs bill "is first out of the traps " for Michael D -( Irelands new president, inaugurated yesterday.) She goes on to say dog lover Michael D "will doubtless sign with alacrity", making the way clear for "Phil Hogan to sign into effect the Dog Breeding act". And seemingly the stag hunting ban won't be overturned.
And, what's more, as I understand it, Michael D has also got two rescue Mountain Bernese dogs to share the Aras with him and his family.