Seanad debates

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2009: Committee Stage (Resumed)


12:00 pm

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Fine Gael)

This Bill is a joke. The Minister should withdraw it and meet those involved in the greyhound racing sector to iron something out which would be achievable. As Senator Coffey right noted, the Bill has not been cross-referenced with the 1958 Act. It is an absolute joke and a cod. It will mean two registrations, two inspections and two chips in a dog's ear. At some stage I predict there will be a court case. Senator Coffey has rightly pointed out that he would be very happy if the Bill and the Act were cross-referenced. If there is a dispute about whether kennels are up to scratch under the Act but may be under the Bill, there will be a court case and it will be the greatest joke of all. I, therefore, ask the Minister to consider amending or withdrawing the legislation to allow for one inspection regime, one registration regime, one inspection fee and one microchip per dog. Otherwise, we will have two chips, two inspections, two registers and probably a host of other bits and pieces. This is a small country but the greyhound industry is big. We are making a joke out of it in this instance. I, therefore, plead with the Minister to withdraw the Bill and not to make a laugh of the 1958 Act.


Conor Power
Posted on 5 Mar 2010 9:18 pm (Report this comment)

the sports of greyhound racing and coursing are responsible for the employment of 11,000 people in this country.

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