Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 33 - Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Horse Racing Ireland: Financial Statements 2020

9:30 am

Photo of James O'ConnorJames O'Connor (Cork East, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I welcome the representatives from the IHRB and HRI. I am interested in sport and I have met quite a few of the witnesses previously.

As a regular race attender, I know 2020 was a challenging year with Covid. I would like to address Ms Eade first regarding attendances at the Curragh Racecourse and its profitability. Significant money was expended renovating the course. They have been challenged to bring in crowds there. Ticket price has been identified as one major concern as well as the connectivity to the course. I understand 2020 was is a skewed year for profitability because we had lockdowns during the pandemic. Could Ms Eade or another HRI representative give me some insight into that?


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