Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today published the Indecon Review of the Irish Harness Racing Sector.
Commenting on the Review, the Minister said;
“I am delighted to be able to publish this report which will provide the sport with a road map for its potential development. From the outset, I can support the recommendations within my Department’s remit”.
Following a stakeholder consultation process and a review by Indecon, Minister Creed has accepted the Indecon report which includes the following recommendations:
On foot of the report, Minister Creed announced that the Pilot integration programme will not only continue, but also be expanded. This educational integration programme focuses on areas such as Horse Welfare, Rules and Regulations of Harness Racing, and Animal Husbandry inter alia.
The Minister also voiced his support for the IHRA to be vested with the responsibility for the operation of the Harness Racing Industry in Ireland, subject to the agreement of relevant Harness Racing Clubs.
The report can be found on the Department’s website at https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/horses/reviewoftheirishharnessracingsector/
Note for Editors
Following a discussion at the joint committee and the committee stage of the Horse Racing Ireland Bill 2016 it was agreed to proceed with a review of the sector. The review focussed on:
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