The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine is holding the first of three separate hearings today, 8 July, to discuss horseracing in Ireland and issues facing the sport. The meetings will include representatives from Horse Racing Ireland, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Watch a live broadcast of the hearings here…

Speaking in advance of the meetings, Cathaoirleach, Jackie Cahill TD, said: “The Committee agreed to a series of meetings in light of the concerning commentary around the integrity of the horseracing industry in Ireland. The Committee took the opportunity to invite the relevant individuals, bodies, and organisations in to discuss the relevant policies and procedures in place and give them the time and place to debate the issues and highlight their own concerns.”

“Any question around the integrity of the sport could be extremely damaging and could be detrimental to breeders, jockeys, owners, and trainers who are dependent on the viability of the sport in Ireland and the good name of the industry around the world. The Committee hopes that these meetings will bring clarity to the situation.”

Prominent racehorse Trainer Jim Bolger has raised concerns about doping and featured as part of a sensationalist interview with Paul Kimmage in the Sunday Independent in recent weeks. He declined an invitation to appear and we have written about the impact of his allegations without evidence here.

We will have a report of today’s session on Sport for Business later.


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