The body representing the Irish greyhound industry has said it initiated 31 separate investigations after poor welfare conditions were found at premises across the country. 

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and Marine has been hearing from Bord na gCon on issues concerning the greyhound industry. 

Bord na gCon chairman Frank Nyhan told the committee that the 31 investigations mainly consisted of poor hygiene and that no major welfare issues were found. 

The board also told the committee that 16 tenders for care centres for greyhounds are being considered, which they say will be up and running next year.

It also said a dedicated care and welfare officer has been recruited. 

108 calls and emails have been received to a dedicated greyhound 24/7 welfare careline since it was established in July, Mr Nyhan said. 

Bord na gCon said it has also established a care fund where all monies in the fund are dedicated to initiatives to support and improve the care and wefare of the racing greyhound.  

It is estimated that a sum of €1 million will be generated for this fund in 2020. 

The committee also heard that the international rehoming initiative with Greyhound Pets of America and charity FLIGHT has also progressed.

A total of 51 greyhounds are in foster care as of the end of October. 

Bord na gCon said traceability has been a huge focus of the board in recent months and that it met its counterparts in Australia and Great Britain to see how their methods work. 

Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill told the board that he welcomes the report but said the RTÉ Investigates programme that reported that the industry was killing 6,000 dogs a year due to a large excess in breeding "did a lot of damage to the industry".