Revealed: number of people employed by Irish Greyhound Board

18 Mar


In December, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed claimed that the “greyhound industry employs over 10,300 people”.

The figure quoted at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine was ridiculed, with one politician describing it as “more than questionable” and “such a gross over-estimate that it’s almost laughable”.

This month, in response to a Dail question from Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Minister Creed revealed that the number of people actually employed by Bord na gCon/the Irish Greyhound Board is nowhere near 10,300 –

“Bord na gCon has informed me that it currently directly employs 128 full time staff and approximately 720 part time staff,” Minister Creed stated.

Minister Creed – who has been involved in greyhound racing and hare coursing (co-owning a greyhound with other Fine Gael TDs) – had presented the 10,300 jobs figure in an attempt to justify the government’s major funding of the industry. This amounts to around a quarter of a billion euro since 2001, including €16 million for 2017.

The greyhound industry has experienced a 50 per cent fall in attendance and a 58 per cent drop in sponsorship over recent years. With the public and businesses rejecting dog racing, it is time for the government to stop squandering taxpayers’ money on what is clearly a dying industry. This latest jobs revelation will surely add to the already growing calls for an end to the government funding.

SEE ALSO – “Almost laughable”: Politicians doubt greyhound industry’s job claims


Demand an end to the government’s funding of the greyhound industry. Greyhound racing should not be funded by the people of Ireland, the majority of whom have no interest in it and are rightly opposed to an industry in which dogs are injured, dumped and killed.

Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to,,,

Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6764735

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Tweet to @EndaKennyTD

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
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Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
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Contact your TDs and urge them to stop the funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 (0)1-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.


DAIL QUESTION – Thursday, 9 March 2017

Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of the loans, funding and-or payments paid out by Bord na gCon to the Irish Coursing Club or any of its affiliated coursing clubs; and the numbers employed in Bord na gCon and their roles. [12194/17]

Michael Creed TD (Cork North West, Fine Gael): Bord na gCon is a commercial State body, established in 1958, 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 there are no loans to or from the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) involving Bord na gCon.

Bord na gCon engages with the Sporting Press, which is a national publication for the wider greyhound industry published by the ICC, in placing advertisements in this paper. Bord na gCon also engages with the ICC in respect of DNA samples completed by the ICC on behalf of Bord na gCon plus inspection of meat feeder licenses completed by the ICC for Bord na gCon. The average value of these services would be circa €100,000 including VAT at 23%.

Bord na gCon has informed me that it currently directly employs 128 full time staff and approximately 720 part time staff.



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