IGB boss warns 170 jobs at risk
Dr Sean Brady, Interim CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, has warned that 170 jobs could be lost at Shelbourne Park if the protest blockade on the track is not lifted.
He has called on those behind the protest to engage in meaningful dialogue before the Irish greyhound industry is damaged beyond repair and says that the closure has cost €300,000 in revenue while owners and trainers have lost out on €250,000 in prizemoney.
Dr Brady said: "I am willing to meet the DGOBA and the IGOBF to address issues and begin a process of uniting the different factions in our industry. First, however, we must deal with the elephant in the room and that's to begin dialogue to resolve the current protest at Shelbourne Park."
The top races tonight are the semi-finals of the Lee Strand 550 at Tralee and the big news was that the hot favourite Barefoot Painter has been withdrawn. His absence will leave the way open for the Gerry Holian-trained duo of Summerfield Sky (10.12) and Typical Ash to battle it out. Millroad McCoy (9.57) would probably prefer further than 550 yards but he can take the first heat.
Fastest in the opening round was John Linehan's Droopys Noah (8.48) and he could be seriously tested by Robert Gleeson's Droopys De Rossi which ran a big race in defeat last week.
Fleeting Captain also comes into the picture.
The semi-finals of the Gain Dog Food/NTSC 550 head the Newbridge card and the locally owned Kylehill Strauss (9.30) will be bidding to remain unbeaten in the stake Allen Tank could be another popular winner of the first heat.