Greyhound racing from today is governed by Rásaíocht Con Éireann (Greyhound Racing Ireland). This follows on from the signing of the necessary statutory instrument by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD to commence the Greyhound Racing Act of 2019. The sport will now benefit from a modernised legislative framework representing a significant updating and enhancement of the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958.
Bord na gCon now becomes Rásaíocht Con Éireann and the provisions enacted today provide for an expanded Board of nine members as well as laying the foundation for a new traceability system for racing greyhounds; enhanced powers for authorised officers; a more robust and modern regulatory framework and ultimately the updating of racing sanctions to be administered by an independent Control Committee and an Appeal Committee, the members of which will be appointed by the Minister following an open selection process.
Picture: Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue with the new logo for Rásíocht Con Éireann formerly Bord na gCon
Frank Nyhan, Chairman, Rásaíocht Con Éireann (Greyhound Racing Ireland) welcomed the milestone achieved with the commencement of the 2019 Act and stated’ Is céim an-thábhachtach é tosú an Acht do chách sa tionscal cúnna. Tosaíonn sé aistear nua don spóirt agus spreagann sé muinín ionainn i gcnámhlach reachtach nua-aimseartha i rialú an tionscail seo.
The Board very much welcomes the Minister’s decision to bring this legislation into effect. Over a phased period we look forward to a complete overhaul of the statutory framework governing greyhound racing in Ireland.
The sections of the Act commenced today begin the journey towards a new era for greyhound racing. It also facilitates the Board in focusing on its core activity of greyhound racing underpinned by our priority objective of achieving the highest standards of care and welfare for the racing greyhound.
The Greyhound Racing Act of 2019 when fully implemented will enable us to ensure the important heritage associated with greyhound racing in Ireland can continue under the appropriate rules and regulations expected in a modern sport. As Rásaíocht Con Éireann we very much look forward to a new chapter for greyhound racing for all those who participate in and enjoy this fantastic sport’
The Greyhound Racing Act 2019 will be phased in over the next twelve months as the necessary processes for the relevant Board and Committee appointments are advanced and the new statutory regulations to be made under the 2019 Act are put in place.