Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (488)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

488. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of horses injured and killed at racecourses and point-to-point events here in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019. [11869/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) is the regulatory body for all horseracing in Ireland. The Board is a company limited by guarantee set up by the Turf Club (established 1790) and the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee (established 1866) for the purpose of carrying out the regulatory and licensing functions for Irish horseracing.

The role of the IHRB is provided for under the Irish Horse Racing Act 2016 and subsequent Statutory Instruments. The body is responsible for protecting the integrity and reputation of horseracing in Ireland. This role was previously carried out by the Turf Club and the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee.

The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for the IHRB and I have requested my officials to refer the question to them for direct reply.