Irish Cancer Society to no longer receive donations from fox hunting following opposition to Kerry/West Limerick fundraiser

The Irish Cancer Society has added foxhunting to a list of organisations it will not accept donations from.

The decision comes after members of the public expressed concern at a Kerry-Limerick hunt festival that has raised money for the society for several years.

The Irish Cancer Society told the Abbeyfeale Harriers Hunt festival, which runs all this week, that it would not be accepting a donation from them this year.

The move came after cancer survivors and supporters had contacted the society to complain about the hunt raising money for the charity.

The Abbeyfeale Harriers expressed its disappointment at the move pointing out that the ICS had accepted donations from it for the past 14 years without complaint.

In a statement to Radio Kerry, the society said it has internal guidelines for staff when it comes to engaging with fundraising efforts that are brought to their attention, for example, they do not accept donations from the tobacco or alcohol industry.

The statement added that as a result of recent public concerns, fox hunting activities have been incorporated into these guidelines as an area from which the society will not accept donations.