Written answers

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Greyhound Industry Data

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Solidarity)
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177. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the record of Dáil Éireann regarding the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 79 of 15 October 2019 (details supplied) will be corrected. [45888/19]

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate legal entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Bord na gCon has informed me that it is satisfied in its approach in calculating injuries and deaths for greyhounds at stadia.

The figure of 67,220 represents the number of races by greyhounds at Irish greyhound stadia in the requested timeframe. Every time a greyhound takes part in a race, as with any sport involving speed and athleticism, there is potential for injury and it is important that all runs are included in this context.

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