Irish Coursing Club won't say if Kerry dogs proved positive or not

Donal Nolan

THE Irish Coursing Club has refused to say if any of the six samples that tested positive for banned substances from the National Coursing Meeting in Clonmel were of Kerry dogs.

The sampling comes amid improved technology capable of identifying almost all substances in a dog's system by analysing just a single hair.

It is not known if any Kerry owners or breeders have been implicated in the latest findings, and the Irish Coursing Club is refusing to state anything more than what it has already put on the record - that six animals tested positive for illegal substances.

Now, the Executive Committee of the ICC is going to appoint an independent hearing committee to take a comprehensive look into the matter before making a ruling later this year.

The Kerryman understands the six affected dog owners will have the option of simply taking what could be hefty fines or appealing the finding before the committee.

"No specific details will be provided at this time as the matters are to go before a hearing committee," ICC CEO DJ Histon told The Kerryman. "I anticipate the hearing committee will be established in April and convene shortly after that."

"Following analysis of samples taken at the National Coursing Meeting held on February 1, 2 and 3, 2014, the results of six samples report the presence of prohibited substances as defined by Rule 88 of the Irish Coursing Club Rules," Mr Histon said in an earlier statement.

"The Executive Committee of the Irish Coursing Club will appoint an Independent Hearing Committee to adjudicate on these matters in compliance with Rule 88," he said.

"In the interest of due process, fair procedure and natural justice no specific details will be reported at this time until a final outcome is reached under the authority of Rule 88."