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Greyhound Industry

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (791)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

791. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a detailed breakdown of expenditure of the €1.76 million spent by Rásaíocht Con Éireann on welfare, laboratory, integrity and governance will be provided in tabular form. [61835/21]

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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.

As part of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund in Budget 2020, €16.8m was allocated to Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) in accordance with Section 12 of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act, 2001.

It was stipulated as part of the parameters and conditions of the funding that a minimum of 10% of the total fund was to be spent on welfare measures including integrity.

RCÉ has informed my Department that it has spent in excess of the required 10% on welfare and integrity from the Horse and Greyhound Fund and has spent a total of €3.18m, including spend on welfare and integrity from its own income, as set out in tabular form below.

Welfare, Integrity, Racing Regulation, Laboratory & Governance

Item

Value

Comments

Payroll & Travel

1,047,401

Control Stewarts, Stipendiary Stewarts, Welfare Officers, Testing Teams etc

Control Committee

39,135

Laboratory

309,473

Testing Consumables & DNA

32,791

I.R.G.T. & Welfare

129,261

Veterinary

188,504

1,746,565

Greyhound Care Fund

COVID19 Welfare Payment

994,176

COVID19 Trial & Litter Supports

12,694

Contribution to Welfare Initiatives

184,677

I.R.G.T., Care Centre, Injury Support Scheme, Rehoming cost etc.

1,191,547

Traceability & Scanning Project

247,800

Capital outlay for system development

Welfare Including Integrity Total

3,185,912

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