Parliamentary Questions and Answers
Question 89 - Answered on 19 April 2012
Maureen O'Sullivan, TD: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn if he will address concerns regarding the Irish Greyhound Board offering free school tour outings of the greyhound stadia around the country for students and teachers; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this may encourage the culture of gambling and betting to children as well as the culture of blood sports through the introduction of the hare system as part of the tour package; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Ref No: 19557/12
Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn) Decisions in relation to educational tours by schools are a matter for each individual school. In accordance with my Department’s circulars, the objective of an educational tour should be to provide a significant benefit in the educational, intellectual, cultural and social development of pupils taking part. It is a matter for each individual school to decide on the suitability of any proposed tour having regard to these requirements.
I would share the Deputy’s concern that schools might expose children to gambling and betting as these kind of activities are not appropriate for young children.