Minister happy with decision by tourism bodies to stop promoting greyhound racing

Minister Shane Ross says he’s happy with the decision by tourism bodies to stop promoting greyhound racing.

Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland made the decision pending implementation by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of several reforms in the greyhound industry.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is confident the Department of Agriculture and Bord na gCon are working to address issues, but he’s concerned there could be damage to Ireland’s reputation as a tourist destination.

Minister Shane Ross was responding to a question from Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris about the tourism industry’s suspension of promoting greyhound racing.

Deputy Ferris says he’s unhappy about penalising more than 99% of people involved in the industry, for the actions of 1%.

This comes after Kerry’s Minister of State Brendan Griffin said he plans to re-establish a relationship between the greyhound industry and state tourism bodies, after meeting with representatives from greyhound racing.