29th November, 2015

Mr Simon Coveney
Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine
Agriculture House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Dear Mr Coveney
The Irish Greyhound Board came before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday 26th November where IGB Chairman Mr Phil Meaney attributed a lot of the wrongs in the Greyhound Industry to the previous Board if Bord na gCon. This is incorrect as current Board Member Mr William (Billy) O’Dwyer was a member of the previous Board where decisions were taken which created a serious Bank Debt of approximately €22 million. As a result of decisions made at that time the Irish Greyhound Board are now proposing the sale of Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium in order to pay off some of this Bank Debt.
It has been brought to our attention that Mr William (Billy) O’Dwyer has reportedly been re-appointed to the Board of Bord na gCon. Mr O’Dwyer was first appointed to the Board in 2008 and has now served two terms and very soon will have completed 8 years on the IGB Board. The Dalton Report (June 2006) recommends on Board Membership as follows:
“The terms in office of ordinary Board Members (i.e 3 years) should stand, with the possibility of being reappointed for one, but only one further 3 year period (i.e. a maximum terms of 6 years)”
Mr O Dwyer is also the subject of a serious conflict of interest under the Greyhound Industry Act 1958 which states
“An officer of the Board
(a) shall not be beneficially interested in the ownership, control or operation of greyhound race tracks, the holding or conduct of public sales or the training of greyhounds for reward or in bookmaking”
Therefore Mr O Dwyer cannot be allowed to be a member of Bord na gCon and is not acceptable to the Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Federation

Yours sincerely
Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Federation

c.c. Mr Tom Hayes, Junior Minister Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine