Investment in Clonmel track will secure the future of greyhound racing, says Deputy Hayes

Minister of State Shane McEntee visited Clonmel Greyhound Stadium recently to review plans for the forthcoming redevelopment of the track. The visit followed an announcement in February that €1 million had been secured from Bord na gCon for the project.

Minister of State Shane McEntee visited Clonmel Greyhound Stadium recently to review plans for the forthcoming redevelopment of the track. The visit followed an announcement in February that €1 million had been secured from Bord na gCon for the project.

Deputy Tom Hayes, who accompanied Deputy McEntee said “The Minister has come to Clonmel today to hear what progress has been made in relation to this project. I was delighted to have him down last year to tour the facilities at the stadium and to highlight what was needed to be done to turn this into a top-class racing stadium. I am happy to say that the Minister took that on board and, as a result, was pivotal in securing this funding.

He is anxious that this, the first major investment by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) since Fine Gael took office, goes ahead as soon as possible. I have no doubt that the Minister of State is looking forward to returning here again to what will hopefully be a new and improved Clonmel Greyhound Stadium”.

Deputy Hayes commended Phil Meaney, the IGB Chairman, for choosing to invest in South Tipperary, an investment he believes will secure the future of greyhound racing in this part of the country. He said that great work was also being done by Donal O’Connor and others who had the vision to put the proposal for Clonmel together.

“The project itself will include the construction of a new restaurant as well as the upgrading and enhancement of the current facilities at the track. The funding secured for this project will also provide for vital jobs not only during the construction phase but also in the hospitality sector once the project is complete”, he added.