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Greyhound Industry

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 7 December 2021

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Questions (677)

Eoin Ó Broin


677. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the new greyhound traceability system which is a basic operational requirement will not be funded from the mandatory 10% ringfenced for animal welfare. [60466/21]

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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 new greyhound traceability system, Rásaíocht Con Éireann Traceability System (RCÉTS) and its contribution to the integrity of the industry forms part of RCÉ's full package of welfare measures.

The proposed allocation in Budget 2022 under the Horse and Greyhound Fund is currently being debated as part of the parliamentary process. On completion of this process, the detailed parameters and conditions of the funding are issued to RCE as part of my Department's oversight measures.