Wexford TD James Browne has called a special Dáil debate with the Agriculture Minister of State concerning the cut of funding to Enniscorthy Greyhound Track.
A report commissioned by the Irish Greyhound Board recommended the withdrawal of funding to four greyhound tracks, included Enniscorthy Greyhound Track.
“I called a special Dáil debate regarding the report’s recommended cut of funding to the track. I welcome the report’s recommendations regarding care home facilities for animals to be opened next year, a fostering programme for dogs and the introduction of a 100% traceability programme involving microchipping. Animal welfare must be at the centre of this report.
“However, the report’s recommended cut of funding to the Enniscorthy Greyhound Track represents an economic blow to the town. It’s a profitable track, which makes it difficult to understand why it is being targeted by Bord na gCon.
“During the special debate, I requested that the Agriculture Minister of State and Bord na gCon to meet with the Enniscorthy track operators to review this decision. Between 30% and 70% of the dogs raced in Waterford are from Enniscorthy, so when those dogs leave Waterford, Waterford will come under pressure as well. It is difficult to comprehend this decision when so many other tracks are making a loss”, Deputy Browne concluded.
All five Wexford TDs and a number of councillors are expected to support an Enniscorthy delegation to meet with Agricultural Minister of State, Andrew Doyle, in a Wicklow hotel on Thursday morning.