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Greyhound Industry

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 15 December 2020

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Questions (655)

Holly Cairns

Question:

655. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of greyhounds registered on the race management system annually between 1 January 2010 and 30 November 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42999/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) 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. RCÉ is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Data relating the greyhound dog pool at final dog pool count at year end 2010 – 2020 is set out in the table below. RCÉ has informed my Department, that given the nature of the process, there is an element of fluidity in relation to such data as greyhounds enter, leave and re-enter the system and, therefore, it does not compile details of greyhounds registered on the Race Management System on an annual basis.

Year

Greyhound Dog Pool at Final Dog Pool Count at Year End

2010

5,675

2011

5,317

2012

4,681

2013

4,116

2014

4,134

2015

3,876

2016

4,008

2017

3,616

2018

3,642

2019

3,829

2020

4,850 (at 2nd December)

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