Cahill, Jackie

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Debate

General Scheme of the Greyhound Industry Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed)

I welcome the two representative bodies to the committee. They have put forward very good cases on their respective behalves. I am a greyhound owner and I am a director of a greyhound track.More Button

The point on animal welfare is well made. If our industry is to prosper in the future, more resources must be allocated to dog welfare. This Bill will address that issue. In the past, Bord na ...More Button

A point was made that doping is widespread in the greyhound industry. According to the Indecon report, in 2011 some 0.9% of tested dogs tested positive. That dropped to 0.8% in 2012 and 0.7% in...More Button

The other myth is that dogs are not looked after. There will always be exceptions in an industry as widespread as this one. A small minority of owners will not look after the welfare of their g...More Button

This Bill will go some way towards addressing the concerns of today’s witnesses. The welfare of greyhounds is paramount for us all. To get public opinion behind our sport, it is essential that ...More Button

I am looking forward to working constructively with the witnesses to scrutinise the Bill. When it is enacted, it will hopefully be to the benefit of an industry which I will not put into the gra...More Button

Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme: Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

I thank Mr. Ashmore for his presentation. We had an argument at this committee a couple of weeks ago about the term of the loan and how it would affect the subsidy that was put in to the scheme. ...More Button

I am extremely disappointed at the numbers of pig farmers and horticulture growers who have used the scheme. Only seven pig farmers to date and six horticulture growers have participated. Both ...More Button

Do the witnesses have an indication as to further demand? The demand was strong and the appetite out there for the scheme was immense. The scheme was closed in a matter of weeks after being open...More Button

Could I have a bit of clarification from Mr. Ashmore please? I am sorry for harping on the issue. On the €25 million that was available in subsidy, would I be correct in saying that if 80% to 85%...More Button

Was the SBCI surprised at the rapid uptake of the scheme?More Button