Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Questions (281)

Willie Penrose


281. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when he last met the Chief Executive Officer and-or Chairperson of Irish National Stud; the issues that were discussed; when he expects to next meet the Chief Executive Officer and or Chairperson; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28606/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Irish National Stud Company is a commercial State Body.

I last met the chairperson of the Irish National Stud, on Tuesday 11th April 2017. The items discussed during the meeting were an update on the financial performance of the stud, the recruitment of a new Chief Executive Officer, the establishment of a tourist orientated visitor centre and the setting up of a subsidiary company.

I have also met both the Chair and the CEO of the Irish National Stud at a number of industry events, including the Equine Summits held November 2017 and in April 2018.

My officials are in regular contact with officials at the Irish National stud. My Secretary General met the Chair in May 2019 and there are regular governance meetings at official level throughout the year.