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

Photo of Jackie CahillJackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail)
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My understanding is a horse would not be allowed to run if it is not fitted with a microchip. All thoroughbreds are microchipped. About 19% of horses are not microchipped but these are non-thoroughbreds. That is an issue I raised at this committee a good few times. I do not think the Department is working hard enough on ensuring compliance with the microchipping of horses. Those that are not microchippped are non-thoroughbred horses.