Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2016: Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Dr. Kevin Smyth:
Things have changed immeasurably over the course of the two years since the programme. A number of things have been brought in and the key here is the traceability. It is the ability to be able to recognise what happens through the lifecycle of a dog or horse to ensure they are looked after. We now have metrics. On the greyhounds, €0.5 million has been put into the cost of the IT system and there are ongoing costs in terms of monitoring what is going on. We are about to see the first year's results. That means that the dogs are in the system and we are capable of following them. That is a big change since the television programme on welfare was aired on RTÉ.