Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Irish Greyhound Industry: Irish Coursing Club

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois, Sinn Fein)
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On traceability, in the presentation it was stated that the ICC considered inclusion of the North of Ireland as necessary given the movement of greyhounds between this State and the Six Counties and that this comes under its remit. Could Mr. Histon explain what way that works at the moment, what is in place and what the ICC intends doing? I can see the logic in it and that a traceability regime would not work if it simply stopped at a stream, bridge or ditch.

If I could comment on the seizure of the 12 greyhounds at Dublin Port, they were all registered with the Irish Greyhound Stud and apparently some of them had been racing. Obviously that is of great concern. While there may be issues in terms of the programme that was shown on RTÉ some months ago, nobody would dispute that there are serious animal welfare issues in the industry. Coursing is fairly strong in my part of the country, and I hope that the coursing clubs would be vigilant and play their part in turning things around for the welfare of dogs and animals.