Ballydoyle Racing today pleaded guilty to a breach of employment law at Cashel District Court and was given the Probation Act after donating €2,000 to the court poor box.

The Workplace Relations Commission, which incorporates the State labour inspection service, confirmed that Golden Dale - trading as Ballydoyle Racing - had entered a plea in relation to the offence of failing to keep records regarding the National Minimum Wage.

The WRC said the case was "marked proven" by Judge Finn.

It said the accused had made an application to have the Probation of Offenders Act of 1907 applied.

In consideration of a donation of €2,000 to the court poor box, Judge Finn applied the Probation Act.

The WRC said that keeping records was necessary to show whether the National Minimum Wage Act was being complied with.

It said that while working with employers to achieve compliance with employment laws, it will where necessary take a robust approach to prosecuting employers - including a recent case of a different employer involving a "substantial" penalty for non-cooperation with WRC inspectors.