On the second day of Galway's big horse racing festival, the Taoiseach has been defending the party's fundraising activities at the Ballybrit course.

The Taoiseach said criticism of the €390 euro a head receptions which are held in the Fianna Fail corporate tent there, was simply "begrudgery".

This report shows Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in the Fianna Fáil tent laughing and joking with some guests. Commenting on the criticism the party has received over the Galway tent he comments

We run it to make a few quid.

Also featured is Jim Goff from Hilltop Stables in Naul, County Dublin who describes the Galway Races as

the Cheltenham of Ireland.

Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan also talks to Jim  Fahy about the opportunities that the races present.

An RTÉ News report by Jim Fahy broadcast on 26 July 2005.