Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question No. 37
To ask the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the level of Exchequer funding made available to the Irish Coursing Club each year in the past ten years; and the purpose for which this funding was required. (Trevor Sargent).
For ORAL answer on Thursday, 18th December 2003.
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism (Mr. 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)(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.