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No funds to coursers in "last ten years"
07 October 2004

Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O'Donoghue has confirmed to Dan Boyle, TD that no Exchequer funding has been allocated to the Irish Coursing Club in the last decade.

Question 183 - Answered on 7th October, 2004

Dan Boyle: To ask the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if funds were given directly by his Department or its agencies to the Irish Coursing Club in the past ten years.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 7th October, 2004.

Ref No: 23981/04


Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism (Mr. John O'Donoghue): Under the provisions of the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, Bord na gCon is the statutory agency responsible for the promotion and development of greyhound racing in Ireland.

Section 16(1)(c) part (vi) of the Act allows Bord na gCon to provide funding to the Irish Coursing Club, ICC, in assisting the club in the performance of its functions or contributing to the costs of schemes operated by the club for the improvement and development of greyhound breeding and coursing.

Bord na gCon has informed my Department that it has not allocated any Exchequer funding to the ICC over the last ten years.

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