Ballydoyle Racing has withdrawn its appeal against findings by the Workplace Relations Commission that it had breached employees' employment rights.
According to a statement from the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation, this morning at Nenagh Circuit Court, Golden Dale (which trades as Ballydoyle Racing) discontinued its appeal against a Labour Court ruling confirming the WRC findings.
During an inspection in May 2016, WRC inspectors found that some stable staff, grooms and riders had worked up to 19 hours a day, with inadequate breaks and days off.
Ballydoyle had argued that it was entitled to an exemption from the rules governing working time for its staff because their activities were "agricultural".
It also argued that rest breaks were not always possible because highly strung thoroughbred horses needed the same groom and exercise rider, rather than a variety of staff looking after them for shorter periods.
However, the Labour Court found that Ballydoyle was not entitled to rely on the agricultural exemption, and upheld the employees' right to receive statutory daily rest periods.
Today Ballydoyle withdrew its court appeal to that ruling.
In its statement to RTÉ News, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation stated that at today's court hearing, counsel for Ballydoyle Racing declined to indicate that they are now in compliance with the Labour Court determination.
The department said that the inspections of Ballydoyle Racing and other equine business were part of an ongoing campaign by the WRC.
It said that between 1st January and 31st October this year, 36 of the 42 cases inspected - 86% - were found to be non-compliant with aspects of employment legislation.
A spokesperson for Ballydoyle said the decision that the training and caring for of racehorses is not entitled to an exemption under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 creates serious challenges for the racehorse industry.
He said: "We are fully aware of our obligations as an employer and following the withdrawal of the appeal today we have immediately taken steps to ensure that our rosters are compliant with the Compliance Notices as served".