Written answers

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Horse Racing Industry

Verona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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328. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the plans he is putting in place to allow for the recommencement of the point-to-point spring season; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9279/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is a commercial state body established under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act, 2001, and is responsible for the overall administration, promotion and development of the horse racing industry.

Government has requested that Point-to-Point racing be discontinued under current regulations relating to COVID-19. HRI has informed my Department that this request is being complied with.

The pre-eminence of the protection of public health in the current pandemic situation is at the fore of such considerations.

The situation will continue to be actively monitored.

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