Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Public Accounts Committee

2018 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Chapter 10 - Forestry Grants

9:00 am

Photo of Bobby AylwardBobby Aylward (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Horse Sport Ireland gets a certain amount of money each year. It was €2 million in 2016, €2.5 million in 2017, and I think it is increasing to €3 million this year. We met representatives of the organisation before the budget. The Indecon report from 2016 stated that there is great potential in this, with a return of 1,000 times the amount of taxpayers' money spent from showjumping, sale of horses etc. Does it get proper recognition for what it does here in Ireland compared with Bord na gCon or, so to speak, bord na gcapall? Should Horse Sport Ireland get more money? I tabled a parliamentary question about it lately. Horse Sport Ireland maintains that if it got more money, 1,000 times that amount would come back to the country. We have some great showjumpers in Kilkenny and got three gold medals recently. It is a big seller of horses and feather in our cap all over the world.


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