Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (320)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

320. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the commencement order for the Greyhound Racing Act 2019 has been signed; if not, the reason; and when it will be signed. [30261/19]

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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.

The Greyhound Racing Act 2019 was signed by the President on 28th May 2019. Appropriate statutory instruments will be required to commence various sections of the Act and these will be drawn up by Bord na gCon in consultation with my Department.

Bord na gCon is engaged in a detailed analysis of the transitional arrangements needed to give effect to the new provisions in the Act so that their statutory functions can continue in an effective and efficient manner and will make the necessary commencement orders as soon as possible once this work is completed.