Minister Coveney was asked this week (19 June 2014) about the breaches of AI regulations. His answer could only be described as shocking. He states that his Department have been aware that IGB has been breaking the law since early last year. The IGB continues to break the law with the full blessing of Minister Coveney and the Dept of Agriculture. Nobody seems concerned with the damage that such lawless administration is doing to the industry. You might ask, how is this total lack of respect for the law allowed to carry on. This is Ireland, Banana Republic. I have attached the legal opinion sought by IGB. I would particularly recommend that everyone should read section 17. It is just such a pity that Coveney or his Board did not.

125. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when he and his Department became aware of breaches of the Artificial Insemination of Greyhounds Regulations 2005 and the steps he and his Department have taken to ensure the integrity of the Irish Greyhound Stud Book is protected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26441/14]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
The Irish Coursing Club (ICC) is the authority responsible for the registration and identification of greyhounds.  The ICC is subject to the general control and direction of Bord na gCon under Section 26 (2) of the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958. Bord na gCon is the statutory body with responsibility for the improvement and development of the greyhound industry, greyhound racing and coursing.
The requirements governing the practice of artificial insemination of greyhounds are set down in the Artificial Insemination of Greyhounds Regulations, 2005, S.I. No. 561 of 2005, which were made by Bord na gCon.My Department was informed by Bord na gCon in early 2013 that procedural issues had arisen in relation to the registration of greyhounds conceived following artificial insemination which were at variance with the provisions set down in the Artificial Insemination of Greyhounds Regulations, 2005, S.I. No. 561 of 2005.
The matters at issue are between Bord na gCon and the ICC. Officials from my Department raised these matters with executives at the highest level in Bord na gCon on a number of occasions in 2013 and again in 2014.  Bord na gCon has confirmed to my Department that it has had a number of discussions with the ICC on these matters.  Most recently Bord na gCon has informed my Department that it has initiated intensive discussions with a wide range of industry stakeholders, including the Irish Coursing Club, on these issues in recent weeks and it  has invited written submissions from interested parties.  I understand from Bord na gCon that there has been productive dialogue in this regard and that a comprehensive proposal for the resolution of this issue is imminent.

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