Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2019: Motion

Photo of Pat DeeringPat Deering (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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I remind members and witnesses to make sure their mobile phones are completely turned off. We are here to consider the motion on the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2019.

I welcome the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Michael Creed, and his officials. The motion to approve the level of funding for the horse and greyhound industry for 2020 has been referred to the committee by Dáil and Seanad Éireann. Under the terms of the order of both Houses, the committee must consider the matter and having done so report to the Dáil and Seanad not later than 3 December 2019.

Members are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the House or an official either by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable.

I call the Minister to make his opening statement.