Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (38)

Micheál Martin

Question:

38. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has any concerns in relation to corporate governance and other issues in relation to the Irish Greyhound Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29341/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established in 1958, under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. The Board has wide powers to regulate all aspects of greyhound racing.

The Board of Bord na gCon, comprising of seven members - a Chairman and six ordinary members, is responsible for leading and directing the activities of the organisation. Bord na gCon is required to act in accordance with it’s statutory obligations, the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and any other directives issued by Government or by my Department. Each year the Chairman of Bord na gCon provides me with a comprehensive report covering a range of governance issues in accordance with the requirements set out in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. Bord na gCon is audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General, it also has an Internal Auditor and an Internal Audit Committee. Officials from my Department meet with Bord na gCon bi-annually to consider issues of mutual interest, including corporate governance.