The Court of Appeal has today delivered its judgement in the case of Mr. Christopher Connolly versus Bord na gCon (Irish Greyhound Board) and the Irish Coursing Club in relation to a challenge to an Exclusion Order issued in May 2018 in respect of Mr. Christopher Connolly. The Exclusion Order was issued by the Irish Greyhound Board with the consent of the Irish Coursing Club.
The appeal related to a High Court judgement in December 2018 when Ms Justice Pilkington of the High Court dismissed Mr. Connolly’s challenge to the Exclusion Order. In its judgement today, the Court of Appeal, in dismissing Mr. Connolly’s appeal stated, that the Court was satisfied that the appellant had every opportunity to present his case to the Board and that he was not deprived of his constitutionally protected right to fair procedures in the context of the investigation.
Frank Nyhan, Chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board indicated that ‘the IGB welcomes the fact that the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal and upheld the decision of the High Court. The decision of the High Court and today’s decision of the Court of Appeal supports the rigorous processes applied by the Board to the regulation of the industry. We will continue this approach to ensure the highest standards are maintained within the sport.’
An Exclusion Order, in accordance with the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, prohibits a person from:
a) Being on any greyhound race track
b) Being at any authorised coursing meeting
c) Being at any public sale of greyhounds.