Animals Act, 1985


1.—(1) In this Act—

“the Act of 1851” means the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1851 ;

“the Act of 1935” means the Pounds (Provision and Maintenance) Act, 1935 ;

“animal”, except in section 2 , means a bovine animal, horse, ass or other equine animal, sheep or goat;

“damage” includes the death of, or injury to, any person (including any disease and any impairment of a person's physical or mental condition) and injury to or total or partial destruction of property;

“local authority” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1 of the Act of 1935;

“the Minister” means the Minister for Justice;

“public road” means a road the responsibility for the maintenance of which lies on a road authority and includes a toll road within the meaning of the Local Government (Toll Roads) Act, 1979 , and, for the purposes of section 2 , also includes any highway;

“road authority” means—

(a) the council of a county,

(b) the corporation of a county or other borough, or

(c) the council of an urban district.

(2) In this Act a reference to a section is to a section of this Act, unless it is indicated that reference to some other enactment is intended.

(3) In this Act a reference to a subsection or paragraph is to the subsection or paragraph of the provision in which the reference occurs, unless it is indicated that reference to some other provision is intended.