Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Greyhound Industry

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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832. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when greyhound racing can resume under the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7058/20]

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.

On 1 May 2020, the Taoiseach set out a roadmap for easing the Covid -19 restrictions, which began on Monday 18 May.  The Government plans to reopen the economy and society in a slow and phased manner.  The roadmap sets out five stages for unlocking restrictions, at three week intervals.

It is currently envisaged that greyhound racing will recommence in stage 3 of the process which is currently scheduled to start on 29 June 2020.

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