Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (975)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

975. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of the €16.8 million provided to the Irish Greyhound Board in budget 2019 to be spent on the welfare of greyhounds during their racing life; the amount that will be provided to a charity (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13459/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.  Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Bord na gCon's budget for 2019 provides for a spend of €2.59m on regulation and welfare matters. The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT) is funded by a percentage deduction in prizemoney to owners. This funding is then matched by Bord na gCon. Overall funding for IRGT in 2018 amounted to €242,000 and facilitates the rehoming of retired greyhounds in Ireland and in other countries.