The GRI has been utilising powers under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, regarding the issue of Exclusion Orders in respect of individual parties where, following an investigation, the Board considers that the issue of an Exclusion Order is appropriate. 

An Exclusion Order prohibits the person named in the Order from:

  • - Being on any greyhound track.
  • - Being at any authorised Coursing meeting.
  • - Being at any public sale of greyhounds.

Following full compliance with all statutory processes, the Board at its July 2020 meeting approved the issue of Exclusion Orders in respect of four individual parties.  This brings to six the number of Exclusion Orders issued by the Board in the previous twelve months. 

The approach adopted by the Board is in line with the clear objective in its Strategic Plan 2018-2022 to ensure the highest standards of integrity and regulation in the sport. 

Challenges to the Exclusion Order process have been upheld in the High Court and in a Court of Appeal judgement delivered in April 2020.

It is the Board’s policy to continue to use the provisions in the legislation to investigate and address any relevant matters as they arise. The enhanced powers contained in the Greyhound Racing Act 2019 will further strengthen its approach when the Act is commenced by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine later this year. 

It is the Board’s clear intent to ensure that a robust system of regulation is in place within the industry.