The Irish Greyhound Board welcomes the conclusion of the Greyhound Industry Bill’s passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas.
The Bill, which will now become the Greyhound Industry Act 2019, passed through the final stage of Dail Eireann on Wednesday (15th May) and may be signed into law by the President at a later date.
The Bill, in broad terms, addresses issues relating to governance and regulation in the greyhound racing sector. It addresses governance issues in the IGB, strengthens regulatory controls in the industry, modernises sanctions and improves integrity.
Chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board, Frank Nyhan, commented: “We welcome the conclusion of the Greyhound Industry Bill’s passage through the Oireachtas. The successful enactment of the Bill will offer further opportunities to grow the industry and extend its appeal to a wider audience. The industry now has an opportunity to rebuild itself, underpinned by a modern legislative framework. When this Bill is in full effect, it will add to existing legislation and ensure that the racing greyhound is the most regulated of all canine breeds in Ireland.”
The IGB’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022, launched last year, noted that the enactment of the Bill will offer further opportunities to grow the Irish greyhound industry and extend its appeal to a wider audience.
Section 8 of the Bill provides for a change of name for Bord na gCon to ‘Rásaíocht Con Éireann’.
The Bill includes the welfare of greyhounds as one of the statutory functions of the IGB for the first time. It also provides the board with powers to make regulations relating to integrity, anti-doping, administration and traceability.
The Bill will come at no additional cost to the Exchequer and it is expected that much of the Act will come into effect during 2019.