Massive government grants to greyhound and horse racing industries
14 December 2016
Another massive grant to the horse and greyhound industries has shamefully been approved. A majority of 105 TDs voted in favour of giving €16 million euro to the greyhound industry and €64 million to horse racing, bringing the total received since 2001 to over a billion euro.
Click on the links to watch the individual TD speeches.
Andrew Doyle TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=12s
Jackie Cahill TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=5m12s
Kevin O'Keeffe TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=7m02s
John Brassil TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=7m56s
Martin Kenny TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=10m25s
Willie Penrose TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=16m26s
Paul Murphy TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=21m28s
Maureen O'Sullivan TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=24m51s
Clare Daly TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=26m32s
Mattie McGrath TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=29m46s
Eamonn Ryan TD https://youtu.be/cRpHBDhTQ7s?t=34m57s
"The idea of giving taxpayers' money to Bord na gCon, an organisation which oversees the barbarism of hare coursing, is absolutely abhorrent." Clare Daly TD, one of the politicians who this week spoke out against another massive government pay-out of taxpayers' money to the Irish Greyhound Board and Horse Racing Ireland.
Despite opposition from 39 TDs, the shameful €80 million grant was approved.
Hare coursers and foxhunters benefit from these grants of public funds.
As highlighted last year, the Irish Coursing Club was paid more than €100,000 by the Irish Greyhound Board. The bulk of the money made its way to coursers via advertising in the Sporting Press - the Irish Coursing Club's "greyhound and coursing newspaper". Point-to-point racing, run by foxhunting clubs, last year received more than a million euro from Horse Racing Ireland. Point-to-point racing is a major fundraiser for foxhunt groups.
Watch the debate or read a transcript at
HOW TDS VOTED
Voted IN FAVOUR of €80 million pay-out to greyhound racing and horse racing
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
Mary Mitchell O'Connor
Margaret Murphy O'Mahony
Éamon Ó Cuív
John Paul Phelan
Voted AGAINST €80 million pay-out to greyhound racing and horse racing
Richard Boyd Barrett
Mary Lou McDonald
Eoin Ó Broin
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
Aengus Ó Snodaigh
Contact your TDs and urge them to stop using scarce public money to fund gambling industries.
Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 (0)1-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.
Don't attend greyhound races or community fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the cruel 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. Please join us in urging the government to stop wasting precious funds on this dying industry.
Minister for Finance
(Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, Minister of State Andrew Doyle)
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6764735
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Tweet to @EndaKennyTD
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
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Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
Tweet to @ADoyleTD
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Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
Stop sponsoring cruel greyhound racing
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