Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Alleged Issue of Abuse of Greyhounds: Bord na gCon
Mr. Frank Nyhan:
On the 80:20 split, my understanding is that the 80% comes almost entirely from one seizure initiated by a report from the Irish Greyhound Board to the relevant officials of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. That is how the seizure occurred which accounts for the majority of the 80%. It is because of the proactive role of officials of the Irish Greyhound Board that the figure is 80:20.
I understand the Preferred Results Limited report cost in the region of €125,000. It was commissioned and delivered in 2017. The Department was informed of the report in May of this year. The report was intended to address the organisational structure of the Irish Greyhound Board and did so. The part of the report that went outside that brief is in respect of a dog pool analysis. We did not agree with or understand the conclusions reached by Preferred Results Limited in that respect. Frankly, we think it is wrong. It analysed a dog pool from 2013-15 but used breeding figures from 2009, which figures are incorrect.