Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (477)

Charlie McConalogue


477. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the contents of the five year plan of an organisation (details supplied) have been signed further to the publication of a report into the sector; if funding will be provided in 2019 towards the implementation of the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16289/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I wish to inform the Deputy that I have noted the funding proposal prepared in conjunction with the Five Year Strategic Plan for the Irish Harness Racing Association (IHRA), and their “addendum to Seed funding request” which outlines discussions with a Local Authority to examine the possibility for a site for a National Harness Racing stadium and training centre. Given the sale of their primary racetrack in Portmarnock, the priority now is finding an alternative racing venue. 

I am aware that discussions with a Local Authority on the matter of a racing venue are at an early stage, and I have requested that the proposal be examined fully by the IHRA, with details formalised, before I make any decision on future funding for the industry.