Government needs to clean up the mess in greyhound industry - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin’s Agriculture spokesman, Martin Kenny TD has responded to the surprise announcement of the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Irish Greyhound Board, Geraldine Larkin.
Claiming that the departure of the CEO is a symptom of the crisis in the Irish greyhound industry, Deputy Kenny said that the government needs to act now to clean up what he describes as “a mess”.
Deputy Kenny said:
“The resignation of Geraldine Larkin is a symptom of the crisis in the Irish greyhound industry which is well-known and reflected in findings of the many reports over the past few years.
“The government now needs to take decisive action to re-establish confidence in the greyhound industry.
“I believe the time has come to stand down the board and reorganise the structures with the clear objective of implementing the recommendations of the Morris report on misuse of drugs and the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee recommendations on corporate governance.
“The Irish greyhound industry is a mess that must be cleaned up with serious issues of mismanagement and doping undermining its entire credibility and integrity. Such is the mistrust of the Irish dog testing system, that the British Greyhound Board recently issued a directive that no Irish dog be allowed run in Britain without first being tested clear of drugs by British authorities.
“The disregard shown for the rules and basic controls to be expected in any semi-state body has alarmed and frustrated dog breeders and owners across the country.
“Last week I forced a vote in the Dáil on the issue of exchequer funding of €16 million going to the Greyhound Board and €64 million going to Horse Racing Ireland.
“I made the point that the only way these organisations, dominated by the well-connected elites, could be pulled into line was to stop the funding, but the establishment parties approved the money in spite of the carry-on in both organisations. This latest development further highlights the need for action.”