Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna (201)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

201. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 796 of 6 November 2018, if the information promised will be provided. [4751/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

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.

Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

While the issue raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for this organisation, Bord na gCon have informed me that between January and December 2018, 93,545 greyhounds competed in the full racing calendar across sixteen tracks (nine of which are controlled by the Irish Greyhound Board with the others being privately operated and IGB-licensed). In total, this resulted in 353 injuries of varying degree and following veterinary advice, 121 greyhounds were euthanized. This amounted to 0.13% of greyhounds raced in all sixteen tracks combined.