Sunday 4 December 2016

Director of greyhound board tells PAC why he resigned

Published 28/12/2015 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton jot down a few notes as Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney looks on, during the official opening of Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre at the Millennium Business in Naas.Picture Credit :Frank Mc Grath
1/10/15
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton jot down a few notes as Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney looks on, during the official opening of Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre at the Millennium Business in Naas.Picture Credit :Frank Mc Grath 1/10/15

A former director of the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has told the Dáil spending watchdog he resigned after he felt concerns over alleged mismanagement were not addressed.

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Brendan Moore detailed his criticisms in a letter to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is investigating the running of the embattled organisation.

Mr Moore, a greyhound owner and breeder from Ballylanders, Co Limerick, quit the board in 2014. His resignation was raised at a meeting of the PAC in October.

IGB chairman Phil Meaney told the committee that Mr Moore left over "a number of issues", including concerns about debts incurred by the IGB due to the development of a track in Limerick. A report by the Comptroller & Auditor General found the IGB spent €21m developing the stadium without doing a thorough analysis of its commercial viability.

However, Mr Moore subsequently wrote to the PAC saying the reasons for his resignation were not adequately explained at the hearing.

The unpublished correspondence, seen by the Irish Independent, included a copy of his resignation letter to Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney. In it, he raised concerns about a number of issues including the outcome of an investigation into alleged race fixing at Dundalk Greyhound Stadium and the alleged failure by the IGB to properly regulate the industry, including allegedly allowing breaches of regulations on the artificial insemination of greyhounds.

In a letter to a senior inspector at the department, IGB chief financial officer Michael Murnane said some of the opinions were "unfounded". In the letter, seen by the Irish Independent, Mr Murnane said an initial report on the Dundalk allegations was not published following legal advice. He said it contained "matters of opinion". A subsequent draft "based on factual findings" was published.

Irish Independent

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