Last month, the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) issued an open invitation to the two groups who are currently claiming to be the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation (IGOBF). This invitation to both groups was to engage in a mediation process, with the ultimate objective of having one clear representative body for Irish greyhound owners and breeders.

The mediation process would have been independent of the IGB, with the IGB’s sole role being to attempt to facilitate engagement between both parties.

The IGB wishes to advise that the mediation process put forward for consideration will not be progressing further.

The Chairman of the Board had written to both groups inviting them to participate in the process.  The IGB had engaged the services of experienced mediator Kieran Mulvey, who is highly regarded in industrial relations and other fields. 

Confirmation was received from one of the groups indicating an agreement to participate in mediation proceedings. However, a formal response was not received from the other group.

The IGB notes its disappointment that a mediation process on the matter will not take place at present. The absence of a clear representative organisation for Irish greyhound owners and breeders remains a significant concern for the greyhound industry.