Sunday 4 December 2016

Committee seeks 'answers' from HRI chief

Johnny Ward

Published 15/10/2016 | 02:30

Labour’s Willie Penrose, Charlie McConalogue (Fianna Fáil) and Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny want Kavanagh to discuss a strategic plan for racing. (Stock picture)
Labour’s Willie Penrose, Charlie McConalogue (Fianna Fáil) and Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny want Kavanagh to discuss a strategic plan for racing. (Stock picture)

Three TDs who probed Horse Racing Ireland about its board's appointment of Brian Kavanagh are calling for the CEO to meet the Agriculture Committee.

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Labour's Willie Penrose, Charlie McConalogue (Fianna Fáil) and Sinn Féin's Martin Kenny want Kavanagh to discuss a strategic plan for racing. HRI's last one was published in 2007.

Penrose, who was deeply critical of HRI board members' responses to questioning about Kavanagh's recent reappointment on Thursday, said: "I would like Mr Kavanagh to come in and tell us about where state money will be spent in racing.

"We raised lots of questions Thursday but we weren't loaded down with answers; some were incomplete or not forthcoming. I intend to revisit the HRI amendment act of 2016 if changes are not made in terms of policy and attitude."

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