Disappointment as mediation talks break down
Mediation talks under the auspices of Kieran Mulvey broke down at lunchtime yesterday and so the Dublin dispute continues and there is still no sign of a resumption of greyhound racing in the capital.
The talks began at 11am but had terminated by 1pm. The proposals which the IGB presented to the DGOBA at the talks included: Special Racing Support Officer to handle the Tuesday and part-Friday meetings for HX dogs at Shelbourne, increased sponsorship of the GOBA Dublin Cup for three years, private trials (one session per week) at Shelbourne and additional Friday night prize-money.
IGB chairman Phil Meaney said: "IGB remains available at all times to engage with the mediation process under the direction of Kieran Mulvey."
DGOBA spokesman Ken Mann stated: "Unfortunately we had a disastrous, but not unexpected, result, at today's meeting with Mr Kieran Mulvey. We decided unanimously to reject their proposals as an insult and totally unacceptable to our members."
Kieran Mulvey remains available to both parties on request.
On the track tonight the main action will be at Limerick Stadium where the quarter-finals of the Kirby Memorial will be run. The Fraser Black-trained Vancouver Shea is the clear favourite at 6/1 and he can lead home Toocoolforschool and Native Chimes in the first heat.
Liam Dowling's Coolavanny Pet looks the bet of the night in Heat 3, while Pat Buckley's Bentekes Bocko and Graham Holland's Drive On Tipp can win the other heats.
Also tonight, the second round of the Wallace/Murray Irish Cesarewitch will be run at Mullingar and Vivaro Swift can take the opening heat while Droopys Smasher, Drumsna Legend and Velvet John Joe look the part in the other heats.