Coach company gives greyhound racing a boost
THE IRISH greyhound industry is set for a much needed cash injection after a tough couple of years on the economic front.
A recent financial review of the industry, commissioned by the Department of Agriculture made a number of stark recommendations, including the sale of assets like the Harold's Cross Race Track.
The report is currently under consideration by the Irish Greyhound Board with a reply expected before the end of September.
There was better news yesterday, however, as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes TD announced a new five-year sponsorship programme with luxury transport providers Dublin Coach.
As part of the deal, Dublin Coach will sponsor the Harold's Cross Puppy Derby and provide a new complimentary shuttle service from the city centres of Dublin and Limerick to the main race tracks in each city.
Mr Hayes welcomed the new sponsorship programme, calling it "a fantastic day" for greyhound racing.
"The industry is at a crossroads, so it is a question of what direction it takes now. It can bury its head in the sand or it can chart a way forward," he said.