Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (1016)

Holly Cairns

Question:

1016. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of recorded births of greyhounds annually between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6890/21]

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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.

The Irish Coursing Club (ICC) has been the keeper for the Irish Greyhound Stud Book since 1923. The ICC has provided my Department with the data as set out in tabular form below in relation to recorded births of greyhounds annually between 1st January 2010 and 31st December 2020.

Year

Namings

2010

16,467

2011

15,908

2012

16,224

2013

15,575

2014

14,898

2015

15,388

2016

13,987

2017

13,649

2018

13,327

2019

12,793

2020

12,930