Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (997)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

997. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a review of a case (details supplied) drawn to his attention by a person will be undertaken; and if the original complaints by the person were investigated fully at the time of complaint. [13952/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The above named person has engaged in on-going contact with my Department since September 2010, regarding a number of complaints he has made relating to the mistreatment of his racehorses.

The subject matter of these complaints is outside the scope of my Department.

I am also aware that the complainant has alleged that Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and the Irish Horse Regulatory Board (IHRB [formerly the Turf Club]), the bodies responsible for investigating the matters complained of, failed to investigate his allegations.

HRI and the IHRB Club have confirmed to my Department that they have fully investigated all matters under their remit and found no evidence of mistreatment of the complainant's horses.