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:
With regard to oversight, there are quarterly liaison meetings and welfare is a permanent part of the agenda, so it is always discussed. Whether they are meetings with Horse Racing Ireland, HRI, or RCÉ, welfare is always discussed. Another thing is the shareholders letter of expectation sets out the requirements on welfare. The Minister writes exactly what is required. We set out the requirements in terms of the minimum 10% for greyhounds and all the commitments being met. We have the metrics on the rehoming of greyhounds and so on. We are seeing both the financial spend and the statistics in terms of what is being done in regard to animals.