Thursday, 17 October 2019

Questions (250)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

250. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the annual capital funding provided to an organisation (details supplied); and his plans to provide capital funding in 2020. [42849/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department does not currently provide capital funding directly to the Irish Equine Centre (IEC), but I am aware that they have received some capital funding in recent years through Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), for IT and forensic equipment. 

I have received submissions, both from HRI and the IEC itself, for state funding for a redevelopment of the Equine Centre's facilities.  This proposed redevelopment would expand and improve the current campus, and address serious concerns over the original building. 

I support the redevelopment of the IEC which will allow their laboratories to continue their valuable support work to the equine industry, and I will be discussing proposals with my cabinet colleagues in the near future.