Kerry Fianna Fáil TD, John Brassil has said that the end of the long running greyhound dispute, and picket in Dublin, should be taken as an opportunity for the national greyhound industry to come together and plan for growth and renewal.
“First of all, I want to thank those who engaged in picketing Shelbourne Park for taking this decision in in the best interests of the industry.
Increased Prize Money
“Not only was the picket having a negative impact on racing in the capital, it was proving very costly to owners and trainers, across the country, including those here in Co. Kerry.
“I believe that the decision of Bord na gConn to substantially increase prize money for racing in Ireland will be a turning point for the industry.
“Dog owners and trainers badly need this increase in funding to ensure that the industry remains viable and prosperous for all involved.
No Misappropriation of Funds
“The only upshot of the appearance of the Bord before the PAC is the confirmation that the organisation is not corrupt and that no misappropriation of funds took place.
“Those who brought these clouds of doubt over the industry by making wild claims at public meetings have damaged the industry.
“These doubts, I believe, extended the picket, and cost the industry, the owners and trainers money.
“However, it’s time to move on, and to work together to build up the industry and the sport to its former levels.
Ambitious, Realistic Targets
“The news that Shelbourne Park is due to re-open on Saturday is the news that all those who care deeply about the sport have been waiting for.
“Bord na gConn must now set ambitious, yet realistic, targets for the sport’s growth over the next five and ten years, not only in Dublin, but across the country. Now that the debt issue has been resolved, the Executive must up their performance and use the recent changes as a platform for growth and success.
“The industry has been under severe pressure in recent months. It’s time to move on, united and with purpose,” Deputy Brassil concluded.
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