“I asked for assurances that these animals didn't do certain tricks, such as horses being made to walk on their hind legs and such, and they assured me that did not happen.
“Since the last vote I've had numerous calls with people saying they wanted the circus to stay, which is why I've changed my mind on the issue."
Robinson also indicated he'd visited and found the conditions of the animals very good. "These animals are fifth or sixth generation in captivity. They were born in the circus,” he said.
However Billy Webb said the same argument was used to justify slavery.
“Many years ago black Africans were taken as slaves and their children and grandchildren went on to become slaves for generations. No one is saying the circus people are keeping animals badly necessarily, but that these animals being used for entertainment and doing unnatural acts is cruel,” he said.
A recorded vote on the matter saw 13 councilors vote in favor of the circus, and six voting against.
Deaf Man’s Rage
A DEAF man who spat on staff and a customer at a Dublin supermarket because he was too drunk to be sold beer has been told by a judge that his disability was "no excuse.”
Emmett Mullins, 34, screamed and shouted on being told he was not being served, than spat in a security guard's face, as well as on another shopper.
Mullins, of Phibsboro, had pleaded not guilty to public intoxication and two counts of assault on Michael Bowes and Vaidas Zelba at Dunnes Stores, South Great George's Street, on March 8.
Zelba told Dublin District Court he was watching the CCTV cameras when he saw Mullins come in, "really drunk." He went to the off-license, and Zelba radioed his colleague to say Mullins was not to be sold alcohol.
Bowes said he went and spoke to Mullins and told him he could not be served. "He didn't seem to understand me and started screaming and shouting and got really aggressive,” Bowes said.
Judge Michael Walsh convicted him of assault and drunkenness charges, but dismissed a charge of breach of the peace. He adjourned both cases to June 17.