Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Questions (257)

Alan Kelly


257. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the date on which his officials or persons in his Department became aware of the report prepared by a company (details supplied) for the Irish Greyhound Board. [28327/19]

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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.

My Department was aware in 2017 that the interim CEO of Bord na gCon, who was in place at that time, had commissioned an in-depth business model analysis of the organisation. However, I understand that the Board had concerns regarding the reliability of the data that the report’s recommendations were based on, and as such, chose not to adopt it as policy and did not refer it to the Department for consideration.

The report was received by my Department on 24th May 2019.