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Question 563 - Answered on 13 December 2016

Maureen O'Sullivan, TD (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if, in view of the announcement of significant funding for the greyhound industry, if he will provide the attendance figures at greyhound meetings for each of the years 2005 to 2015 and the number of active owners of racing greyhounds here.

Michael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael): Bord na gCon is a commercial State body, established in 1958, under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.

As the information requested is an operational matter for Bord na gCon, the body has been requested to forward the relevant information directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Information regarding attendances at race meetings is contained in Bord na gCon's published annual accounts.

[Information subsequently supplied by Irish Greyhound Board to Maureen O'Sullivan TD on 11th January 2017]

49% fall in attendance at greyhound racing meetings
(Source: Irish Greyhound Board)

2006 1,241,388
2007 1,123,133
2008 1,281,894
2009 906,964
2010 768,613
2011 756,561
2012 720,470
2013 687,510
2014 644,839
2015 635,289

49% fall in numbers of "active owners of racing greyhounds"
(Source: Irish Greyhound Board)

2007 14,869
2008 13,945
2009 12,362
2010 10,692
2011 9,826
2012 8,937
2013 8,530
2014 7,894
2015 7,604

25% fall in number of greyhound racing meetings
(Source: Irish Greyhound Board)

2006 2,190
2007 2,148
2008 2,147
2009 2,000
2010 1,849
2011 1,812
2012 1,837
2013 1,753
2014 1,736
2015 1,642

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