The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) notes today’s announcement that Longford Greyhound Stadium is to cease operations.
The IGB very much regrets the closure of Longford Greyhound Stadium and its wider impact on staff, owners and the greyhound community.
The IGB wishes to acknowledge the excellent work done over a long period of time by all those at the track as part of the wider greyhound industry fraternity.
Support has been provided by the IGB to Longford and other private tracks for a long period of time during significant economic, social and cultural challenges for the industry. The particular challenges facing Longford at this time are recognised and the basis of the company’s decision is fully understood.
Indecon Economic Consultants is currently conducting a comprehensive, strategic review into the future needs of the Irish greyhound industry, with a full report expected by October 2019. The review will provide an assessment of stadium infrastructure and financial sustainability, along with detailed recommendations regarding all licensed stadia.
This report will give the IGB and wider greyhound industry a far clearer picture regarding the industry footprint in the immediate and long term.
The IGB foresees a successful and vibrant future for the greyhound industry as it seeks to further modernise itself, underpinned by the new Greyhound Racing Act 2019, with the care and welfare of the racing greyhound at its core.