Wexford TD James Browne says it’s bizarre that greyhound racing will not be permitted to resume behind closed doors at the same time as the resumption of horse racing.
“It seems that there’s a clear inconsistency of policy. Horse racing received the green light for the resumption of races from 8th June. Greyhound racing already implemented a racing behind closed doors policy in early March 2020. A one-person one-dog policy appears to minimise the level of risk involved.“
“The Irish Greyhound Board has given a firm commitment to meeting necessary standards in their tracks and stadia while we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Tracks like the one in Enniscorthy would be able to adhere to COVID-19 public health guidance.“
“I have written to the Minister for Agriculture asking that he engage with the Irish Greyhound Board to examine how greyhound racing can return to the tracks at the earlier date”,
Deputy Browne concluded.