It appears that once again the vested interests in Fianna Fail have succeeded in ensuring the greyhound industry remains a closed shop when it comes to the welfare of the greyhounds.
Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith and his department have just published the new Welfare of Greyhound Bill. Mr Smith's comments that "the greyhound industry is a well-regulated industry with a well established system of self-regulation, which provides a very useful and valuable starting point for this Bill" are indicative of his party's attitude in general to any animal welfare problem in this country.
The power of the greyhound lobby groups within Fianna Fail was very much in evidence when the industry was excluded from the Breeding Bill.
Unfortunately for Irish greyhounds, this bill will do little or nothing to ensure they live their lives free from pain, abuse and an early demise.
Shame on Mr Smith and his department for not having the compassion and decency to put welfare over profit.
Rosscarbery, Co Cork