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Sunday 25 June 2017

Irish greyhound industry 'on the brink of collapse' as some members 'suicidal'

Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

The Irish greyhound industry is on the brink of collapse, with greyhound trainers and breeders being forced out of the sport, TDs and Senators have been told.

Greyhound breeders’ representative groups told a group of 50 Oireachtas members that some trainers are struggling to make a living,  and some are suicidal.

The groups – the Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association and the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association -  are seeking to have the Irish Greyhound Board’s (IGB) decision to close the Harold’s Cross greyhound stadium reversed. They say the stadium’s closure has made it more difficult for trainers and breeders to get dogs on tracks.

The IGB is a semi-state body responsible for the control and development of the Irish greyhound industry.

Its controversial decision to close the stadium was announced in February, with the IGB saying it needed to sell the land to tackle its legacy debts. A large portion of the debt came from the building of a new stadium in Limerick

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