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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 4 May 1995

Vol. 452 No. 4

Written Answers. - Funding for Equestrians.

Theresa Ahearn


87 Mrs. T. Ahearn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the grants or funding, if any, available for equestrians to complete in international competitions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8175/95]

I assume the question refers to horses competing in international showjumping events. There is no direct aid available from my Department towards participation in such events. However, assistance is provided to the Irish House Board by way of grant-in-aid and the board generates some resources from registration fees etc. Within the guidelines laid down, it is a matter for the board itself to determine how such funds should be allocated.

Some Structural Funds are also available to the board for the development of the sport horse sector subject to a plan agreed with my Department. These funds are not available for supporting horses competing in international competitions. The board contributes Ireland's share of the funds required to run the world breeding championship for sport horses and generally promotes the Irish horse at international equestrian events.