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Harold's Cross stadium to close
22 Oct 2014 10:10
Harold’s Cross greyhound stadium is to close next year and will be sold by the Irish Greyhound Board in an effort to clear debts of over €20 million.
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Board chairman Phil Meaney announced the decision on the Dublin track at an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee meeting yesterday.
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“The notion of poorly performing tracks having financial subsidy and support in perpetuity is gone," said Mr Meaney.
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"Individual stadia will have to stand on their own two feet and be able to demonstrate a capacity to perform under certain headings.”
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“There is likely to be rationalisation of tracks over a period and Harold Cross will be sold at the appropriate time,” he said.
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IGB chief executive Geraldine Larkin said that land in Cork and Limerick would also be sold.
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“The Irish Greyhound Board cannot keep funding tracks which are not giving a return on money spent. Any decision on future funding will take into account the multiplicity of factors impacting on a stadium’s performance,” she said.
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