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Gildernew - Sunday Racing - Time to move into the 21st Century

8 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the publication of draft legislation that will enable Sunday racing.

Ms Gildernew said:

"Sunday racing has been in existence since 1986 in the south. There are now over 50 Sunday fixtures and over 335,000 people enjoyed Sunday racing in Ireland last year. The relaxation of on-course betting restrictions in the Six Counties is long overdue and will allow the development of Sunday racing.

"Given the problems facing our tourism industry and rural communities the potential to bring money into local communities as a result of the relaxation of Sunday on-course betting rules and the development of Sunday racing should not be under estimated.

"This issue was dealt with by the Assembly almost three years ago. While Sunday racing is permitted the failure of the DUP Social Development Ministers to back on-course betting, despite Assembly support, has hindered the industry's ability to develop it. How much money has been to the local economy lost since then as a result of DUP fundamentalism?" ENDS

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