The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has welcomed the allocation of €16.8m to the greyhound industry in Budget 2020 from its allocation of the Horse & Greyhound Fund.
The funding allocation will allow a significant expansion of care and welfare initiatives for the racing greyhound – including a full traceability system, the provision of greyhound care centres, a greyhound ‘injury at tracks’ support scheme, an expansion of the foster care scheme and national and international rehoming initiatives – as well as the continued implementation of the IGB’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022, which has the welfare of the racing greyhound at its core.
Greyhound racing makes a substantial contribution to the economy in Ireland, with over 12,000 people deriving economic benefit from the industry, according to a report by economist Jim Power, published in 2017. Included in this number are over 7,000 active greyhound owners and over 500 trainers.
PAYE and PRSI paid to the exchequer from the industry is estimated at €12.7 million per year, with a total economic contribution of more than €300m.
CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, Gerard Dollard, commented: “Welfare of greyhounds continues to be the IGB’s number one priority. This additional allocation will allow us to maintain the very positive welfare initiatives that are already in place, as well as implement further progressive measures – including a full traceability system from birth to end of life. The Irish greyhound industry makes a significant contribution to the economy annually and is a very important industry in the context of both rural and urban Ireland.”