The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has confirmed that it has offered all its facilities including its stadia, staff, sales & reservation centre and National Greyhound Laboratory to the national effort to combat Covid 19.
This offer was made on 19th March last and reiterated on a number of occasions and again over last weekend.
In relation to the potential use of the National Greyhound Laboratory, the IGB understands that as the laboratory is accredited and structured for chemical analysis it is unlikely to be suitable for microbiological/virological analysis which is the competency required during the present crisis.
The IGB has also confirmed that its staff remain fully contactable during the current crisis and is extensively utilising its IT infrastructure to facilitate ongoing engagement on all work activities that can be progressed during the current crisis. Telephone, email and written correspondence will be responded to as normal. The Welfare Team will respond to any situations as is necessary.
The first payments under the recently announced COVID-19 Greyhound Care Payment Scheme will be made on 9th April 2020. Outstanding prizemoney payments will be made, in accordance with normal schedules, on 8th April 2020.
Ongoing engagement with senior officials in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is taking place on issues impacting the greyhound industry and likely to continue to impact post Covid 19
The IGB will continue to fully implement all directives of Government and comply with HSE protocols during the Covid 19 crisis.
Please 'stay home and stay safe'.