Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Questions (449)

Niall Collins

Question:

449. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the planned funding for the horse and greyhound fund in 2020; and the amount contributed to horse and greyhound racing in each of the years 2010 to 2019. [9700/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is a commercial state body established under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act, 2001, and is responsible for the overall administration, promotion and development of the horse racing industry. Similarly, 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. Both bodies are corporate and separate legal entities to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Under Section 12 of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act, 2001 (No.20 of 2001), the horse and greyhound racing industries receive financial support from the State through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund (the Fund).

Monies are paid out of the fund in the ratio of 80% to HRI and 20% to Bord na gCon as specified in Section 12 (6) of the Act.

The Fund allocation from 2010 to 2020 is as set out below.

2020 - €84 million

2019 - €84 million

2018 - €80 million

2017 - €80 million

2016 - €74 million

2015 - €68 million

2014 - €54.22 million

2013 - €55.02 million

2012 - €56.29 million

2011 - €57.29 million

2010 - €59.264 million