Cosgrave, Liam T.

Thursday, 30 June 1994

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 140 No. 18

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Irish Horseracing Industry Bill, 1994: Committee and Final Stages.

Could the Minister give us a rough estimate of the time scale in relation to when the Authority will get under way? I know he said that he is going to meet them next Monday. Perhaps he could give us...More Button

Some later sections deal with the various positions. Does the Minister think that the appointment of these people will take effect some time after that? Does he envisage any difficulty with the con...More Button

Paragraph (d) deals with the allocation of race fixtures and the setting of race programmes. Sunday racing has been a tremendous success and is very popular. Some national hunt meetings, and even so...More Button

The World Equestrian Games will be held here in 1998 and they will be a showcase for the industry. This event could be used as a lever for promotion. Perhaps the Minister might consider making a spec...More Button

I support what the Minister said and I encourage him to ensure that the Army Equitation School is sufficiently funded. The development of young horses is important because it is not feasible to buy f...More Button

I move amendment No. 3: In page 10, before section 11, to insert the following new section:More Button

I move amendment No. 5: In page 10, between lines 31 and 32, to insert the following subsection: “(3) Any individual, association, company or body corporate on whom or on which the Authority shall le...More Button

I accept what the Minister said because too often people resort to litigation. We remember the Christy Roche saga with St. Jovite in an incident in Naas. Bodies should be self-regulatory. It is impo...More Button

With regard to the question of the conflict of interests obviously we will not have people from Utopia on the board or as staff members. What measures will be in place to ensure there will be no over...More Button

I want to ask the Minister about the proposed appointment of the new chief executive of the Authority. This is an important position and some thought should go into choosing the most suitable person a...More Button

Does the Minister expect the chief executive to be appointed by early autumn? When the Minister meets the Authority next Monday could he impress on it the need for appointing a dynamic person who cou...More Button

I move amendment No. 7: In page 17, line 44, after “proper.” to insert the following: “The Authority shall act in a fair and impartial manner when considering requests from racecourses for funding and...More Button

The Minister introduced an amendment in the other House in relation to the starting price. Much depends on the starting price and is the Minister satisfied that any difficulties or problems have been...More Button

Can the Minister envisage the tote operating at Down Royal and Downpatrick in the future? The Minister said that there will be changes in the way the tote operates as regards the High Street, but is ...More Button

If one is at a track in England, one can bet on the tote there. This should be possible in Ireland; it makes sense. The whole area of the tote must be examined in terms of improvements and expansion....More Button

I feel strongly about the effects this section will have on the operation of the tote. There is absolutely no need for this Authority to become involved in bookmaking. I understand that one of its m...More Button

I urge the Minister to ensure that consultations take place about fines and fees so that the hard pressed owner is not totally wiped out. The new declaration system is a help. It means that people do...More Button

I move amendment No. 13: In page 26, before section 50, to insert the following new section: “50. —Notwithstanding any provisions of this Part of the Bill, the Authority may set out regulations which...More Button

I will not press amendment No. 16.More Button

I move amendment No. 18: In page 39, paragraph 2, line 42, to delete “15” and substitute “17”.More Button

I like the Minister's highlights.More Button

With regard to amendment No. 21, did any discussions take place between the Department and its Northern Ireland counterpart on this matter? Was there a communication made that their nominee should be...More Button

Has it been decided what, if any, remuneration members of the Authority will receive and has anything been put in place in that regard — apart from the odd tip, that is?More Button

I move amendment No. 20: In page 40, between lines 27 and 28, to insert the following paragraph: “(—) one shall be representative of jockeys nominated for appointment thereto by the Jockeys Associatio...More Button

I move amendment No. 21: In page 40, between lines 31 and 32, to insert the following paragraph: “(—) one shall be representative of the Northern Ireland horseracing industry nominated for appointment...More Button

I join with Senator Dardis in wishing the legislation, the Authority and its members well; I know many of them personally. They will, with a little luck and guidance, deliver the goods. All we are m...More Button

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Bill, 1994: Second Stage.

I support the thrust of this Bill. I have not served this area as long as the Minister, but I support the developments in the harbour. It is great that the Minister is in this Department, otherwise ...More Button


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