The Irish Coursing Club is continuing to receive at least €100,000 every year from the taxpayer-funded Irish Greyhound Board. The sickening revelation came from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed this week in response to a Dail question from Maureen O’Sullivan TD.
Minister Creed said the greyhound board pays the Irish Coursing Club the money for advertising in its Sporting Press publication, for DNA sampling and for “inspection of meat feeder licences”.
Clare Daly TD has previously uncovered information about the huge payment to the coursers of what is effectively taxpayers’ cash. Responding to a Dail quesion in 2015, then Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney revealed that “Bord na gCon paid €13,988 for DNA sampling services to the Irish Coursing Club in 2014 and purchased advertising from the Sporting Press Ltd, a subsidiary company of the ICC, to the value of €92,057 in the same year.”
It is an outrage that hare coursers are receiving money from a government-funded body in a country where the vast majority want the bloodsport outlawed. There are growing calls on the government to stop squandering public funds on the cruel and dying greyhound industry. Since 2001, a quarter of a billion euro has been shamefully handed over, including €16 million for 2017. It’s time for this to stop.
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.
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DAIL QUESTION – Thursday, 9 March 2017
Deputy O’Sullivan, in 2015 it was revealed that the IGB had paid over €100,000 to the coursers (for DNA sampling services and advertising in its Sporting Press subsidiary).
Maureen O’Sullivan (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 (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.