The new Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle TD, has declared that developing Ireland’s greyhound industry is a “key priority” for him.
According to a statement on the Department of Agriculture website, the Fine Gael TD for Wicklow recently met with representatives of the IGB and told them: “I look forward to working closely with the Board to develop this very important sector to its maximum potential.” http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/press/pressreleases/2016/may/title,97482,en.html
At the meeting with Minister Doyle were IGB CEO, Geraldine Larkin, and Chairman Phil Meaney (a former member of the Irish Coursing Club executive committee).
“Developing the sector to its potential is a key priority for me,” Andrew Doyle stated. “I am confident that the Board of Bord na gCon shares that objective. The meeting was a very constructive engagement and provided a useful opportunity to outline key priorities, including putting the sector on a sound financial footing, and building a reputation for good governance, strong regulation and high standards of animal welfare.”
The industry’s “sound financial footing” is largely dependent on massive cash injections from the government every year. In last October’s budget for 2016, the state allocated a whopping €14.8 million of taxpayers’ money to the greyhound industry. This was an increase of over a million euros compared to the previous year’s figure.
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