Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Questions (185)

Bobby Aylward


185. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of his most recent meetings with the CEO and-or chairperson of the Irish National Stud; the issues discussed; if further meetings are planned in the coming months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46741/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Irish National Stud Company is a commercial State Body.

I last met the Chair of the Irish National Stud, on Tuesday 11th April 2017. The items discussed during the meeting included an update on the financial performance of the stud, the establishment of a new visitor experience and the setting up of a subsidiary company.

I 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. The Secretary General of the Department met the Chair in May 2019 and regular governance meetings are held at official level throughout the year.