Written answers

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Horse Sport Ireland

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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333. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of funding his Department has directed to Horse Sport Ireland since 2006, by year and amount in tabular form. [9359/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) was established in 2007 when the Equestrian Federation of Ireland and the Irish Horse Board were amalgamated, following the publication of the Dowling report, which recommended new governance structures for the sport horse industry in Ireland.

Horse Sport Ireland is responsible for devising and implementing strategies for the development and promotion of an internationally competitive Irish sport horse industry, including all aspects of the sport and breeding sectors. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine transferred responsibility for maintaining the Irish Horse Register, which contains both the Irish Sport Horse and Irish Draught Horse studbooks, from the Irish Horse Board to Horse Sport Ireland in July 2008.

The information requested by the Deputy is on the attached file for the years 2008 to date.

">Assistance to HSI 2008 TO DATE

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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334. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will outline Horse Sport Ireland’s obligation to engage with affiliates in respect of proposals to move location (details supplied); if he has received a notice from Horse Sport Ireland to relocate; and if the processes that led to the decision being taken by its board to relocate will be provided. [9361/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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HSI is a company limited by guarantee that operates independently of my department. I am advised that its Board has examined a number of sites as a location for its Headquarters and National Centre of Excellence as part of a selection process carried out by a sub-committee of the Board. The final decision on a site is a matter for the Board of HSI.

HSI advises that the work of the sub-committee has been ongoing for two years and has involved the consideration of many different locations. It also advises that it has engaged with a range of potential sites and hired a property valuer and advisor to review property and land offerings as well as availability of property to purchase, rent or develop. The sub-committee examined options not involving additional state funding.

HSI indicated that it has engaged with all Olympic and Paraplegic discipline affiliates on the Greenogue proposal; Showjumping Ireland, Eventing Ireland, Dressage Ireland and Paraequestrian Ireland. They indicate also that have met with their equestrian sport and recreation affiliates ranging from the Association of Irish Riding Clubs, Riding Establishments, Mounted Games, Endurance, Irish Quarter Horse Association, Irish Pony Club, Irish Pony Society, TREC Ireland, Riding for the Disabled and Irish Shows Association to discuss the matter. These affiliates bodies encapsulate circa 30,000 participants in Ireland.

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