The Official IGOBF has no involvement in or does not endorse the fund-raising event being run at Shelbourne Park on Friday 13th of September.

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The organisers of this event are headlining the event as “Save our Tracks” but appear very weak on detail. The IGB have already announced a raft of new measures to deal with greyhound welfare and traceability which will all add extra costs to owners. This new sham group are now asking greyhound owners to dig into their pockets to bail out the IGB again but are totally naive to the real problems of the industry.

The IGOBF would advise anyone considering making a contribution to what the IGB has described as “a slush fund” to ask the following questions before they throw away their money.

The IGB received €23 million less than 2 years ago for the sale of Harolds Cross. The Chairman, Phil Meaney, announced at the time that this sale was going to solve the problem of the industry and that greyhound followers could look forward to a bright future. He also stated that this cash injection removed the threat of closure of any further tracks.

Current Board Member, Pat Creed stated at the PAC in May 2017

“What this sale is doing is solving a legacy problem that has crippled this industry for a long number of years. This industry has not had enough capital and enough cash to generate what it needs to pay, more importantly, prize money to owners, trainers and breeders. What this debt write-down does is that it puts the board in a position that it can have a sustainable future going forward and it can significantly increase prize money in the foreseeable future”

The IGOBF pointed out in 2017 that the sale of Harolds Cross would have no beneficial effect for the industry, it only kicked the can down the road because the Board did not have the ability or the courage to deal with the underlying problems of the industry, namely the failure of IGB to deliver a salable product.

Contrary to what Mr Meaney and Mr Creed promised, why is the industry still in decline?

The “sham” organisation seem to think that raising money on Friday night will solve problems. How much money do they think is needed to turn the industry around? Have they quantified what is required?

The IGB will receive €16.8 million of taxpayer’s money in 2019 which is approx. €50,000 per day. It would be an outstanding achievement to raise €50,000 on any fund-raising night. So, if €50k is raised, this will run the IGB for 1 day. They will need to raise €328,000 to run IGB for a week.

What criteria will be used to distribute any funding that is raised?

Some of the people that are prominent in this sham organisation would have had a direct line to the highest levels of the IGB while it was been run into the ground for the last 10 years. Were they unaware of the level of mismanagement that was going on or were they happy to turn a blind eye so that they could dine at The Captains table?

This “sham” group is a glorified supporters club. They have be spewing vacuous statements for the last few months stating that “greyhound owners must be strong” that “we must all pull together” etc etc but they have failed to come up with one single suggestion on what they would do to turn the industry around.

This “sham” group are a welcome distraction for the IGB who like to pretend the division within the greyhound industry is a major issue and one of the reasons for the downfall of the industry. This division is totally normal, there are multiple trade unions, farmer organisations, political parties etc. Different people have different priorities so it is natural that people will gravitate towards an organisation that is consistent with their particular ethos. The IGOBF does not claim to represent all greyhound owners. The IGOBF believes in a philosophy of enforcement of the rules and applied equally to all. The IGOBF does not and will never represent drug cheats, fraudsters or participants that believe they are entitled to “flexibility” in the application of rules.

The IGOBF believes that addressing the wastage of money in the IGB is the priority and not asking struggling owners to pay more.