Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (545)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

545. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he or his officials have met the CEO and-or chairperson of the Irish Greyhound Board recently to discuss an investigation (details supplied) into the greyhound sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29355/19]

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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.

I can confirm that my officials met with officials from Bord na gCon, including the CEO, on the 21st June 2019, after my Department received correspondence from RTÉ on their investigation.

Minister of State Doyle and Departmental officials also met with the members of the Board of Bord na gCon, including the Chairman, on the 4th July to discuss their response to the Programme and their proposed Action Plan.