Kieran O Brien Ireland (Verified User) Posts 132 Dogs 22 / Races 1 03 Feb 2018 00:45
Their is no such thing as a threshold for cocaine in any world sport...A positive is simply a breech & if igb a semi state body were to attempt this suicide to introduce same..i would expect it bring heat from Europe animal welfare regulations and WADA world anti doping ?? Lots of questions for our agri ministers to address ...i just couldn't see this crazyness/ error been realised ..can one imagine the worldwide negitive pictue /publicity and its effect on the international sport....this is bigger than the igb
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 05 Feb 2018 18:20
8 months & not one mention regards the Cocaine positives from the IGB, adjournments cost big bucks and guess who foots the bill? Where is our Head of Governance & Compliance? We have a right to know if she still holds her position with the IGB or has her position been terminated? as so often happens when you work for the IGB, her wages are paid out of the greyhound fund so we deserve to know one way or the other, Ms Forde was hired to clean up this drug infested industry but to date we have seen nothing only talk of achievements that has nothing to do with our industry, time an SOS was sent out looking for answers as the board fail to tell us what is going on regarding serious issues within our industry JMHO.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 06 Feb 2018 19:36
Department of Agriculture carries out raid on trainers kennel, we will have to wait for them to publish their findings before we speculate to much, what will the IGB have to say about this one, they better hope that another big sponsor doesn't walk away JMO.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 06 Feb 2018 20:55
CLONBRIEN HERO BREAKS RECORD IN SPRINT TRIAL Following his sensational season in 2017, Clonbrien Hero has clearly retained his form after breaking the official sprint track record in a trial at Limerick on Saturday. Last season Clonbrien Hero won three classics, the BIF Produce Stakes at Clonmel, the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen and the Kerry Agribusiness St Leger at Limerick before ending the season on a high by winning the BoyleSports Night of Stars 550 at Shelbourne.
Publishing this nonsense is driving more people away from the game and rubbing our faces in it IMO, there should be nothing published about this dog or his trainer until such time as his court case has been heard and the final outcome has been published by the IGB IMHO. Promoting a dog that has 3 positive Cocaine samples against him is neither smart or stupid its totally insane IMO, if you continue to publish the rubbish that you have published recently you will drive more people away and finish up destroying what little there is left to destroy so please stop talking s--te and read below it might enlighten you a bit. A greyhound under investigation after traces of cocaine were found in his system on three separate occasions earlier this year completed a classic hat-trick over the weekend by landing the 2017 Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 08 Feb 2018 08:05
The IGBs 5 year strategic plan 2018-2022 was to be the highlight of the last Consultative forum, this 5 year plan outlines a map on how the IGB intend taking the greyhound industry forward and should include ALL stakeholders, we are now into February and no plan has been published, where is the plan?, who has the plan?, IGB can we please see your 5 year strategic plan so we can ALL make alternative plans of our own, the way this industry is being run is an embarrassment to Society and the rest of the greyhound community world wide, you should start implementing rules and regulations used in other Jurisdictions to clean out the Drug cheats IMO.
Michael Magennis (Verified User) Posts 64 Dogs 1 / Races 0 08 Feb 2018 14:41
I would like to personally thank Dave Cunningham for his almost single handed efforts in trying to hold to account the way this sport is being mismanaged by the people who purport to have the sports interests at heart. If it wasn't for Dave most ofuswould be in the dark and not have a clue what is going on. my daughter and I have been to Shelbourne and taken on the so-called big boys and beaten them but not when it counts, the big ones. We are hoping to have another crack at the big ones again but it will all hinge on what happens on whether the IGB gets its act together and start playing fair with people like us, we are hanging on by our fingertips and have o intention of spending possible thousands of pounds when knowing full well that some trainers are doping their dogs and getting aWay with it, we will get out. Thanks again for your efforts Dave, you deserve all the plaudits that are going.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 08 Feb 2018 21:52
Michael, thanks very much for your kind words, there are a few others who are fighting to save this sport from collapse but it needs all stakeholders to come forward and voice their concerns at the state of this industry and the way it is being run into the ground, it is peoples livelihoods at stake here and I’m not talking about the top trainers, To be honest many owners are scared to come forward and voice their concerns in case they don’t get a race or they have to wait weeks for one if they speak out about something that’s not right, that’s how much this board care about the owners and breeders, the board don’t give a shit about the people who supply the raw product and treat them like 2nd class citizens when they should be doing everything in their power to hold on to those people and look after them in a responsible manner, but that is not the case with this board, yes they look after certain people but not the ones that matter and the ones who can save this sport from crumbling, if we say too much of the wrong thing we get hit with a solicitors letter simply because we are treading to close to the truth, IMO owners don’t know half of what is going on and what has taken place behind the scenes and if they did know the majority of those owners would have left by now, we were all told at Christmas that the board are now Debt Free, no more court cases, more prize money increases on the way, what a load off Bull, the IGB are in Debt to the tune of 23 million + and will remain in Debt until such time as the 23 million from HX gets paid into the IGB bank , strange how they were offered the same amount for HX????? And other schools falling down around them, that 23 million may never materialise what happens then????? This is called politics at its best. No more court cases they said now we have 2 trainers taking the IGB to court, another owner is also taking the IGB to court, and all we need now is for employees to start taking legal action against this board, where does it end , AH yes prize money increases , one prominent trainer suggested spreading it around all tracks and increase prize money for all graded races, very good suggestion IMO, then we had another trainer who suggested giving the 1 million to Shelbourne and forget the other tracks, we know where his morals lie me me me, typical board man IMO, then it comes down to the Cocaine case , a total shambolic situation which has rocked the nation and shores afar due to the way this has been handled, very similar to the EPO case a number of years ago, but this time someone lifted the lid and spilled the beans before they left the building. It takes 67 hours of screening to establish a negative test, so who kept the details of those samples quite for so long??? Or were they hoping it would all go away??JMHO.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 19 Feb 2018 11:26
Still no response from the IGB regarding their 5 year strategic plan, as I have said before how can you possibly create a plan when you do not have the facility's OR Finances in place first, this board have been boasting since last year that the IGB are now Debt free and are preparing a new path forward for the greyhound industry, will the Ministers or IGB come clean and tell the stakeholders if the Sale of HX has [COLLAPSED] or is it still being sold, if it is not being sold we have a right to know.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 20 Feb 2018 18:33
FINAL CALL FOR OPEN RACE ENTRIES AT LIMERICK ON SATURDAY
Liam Kennedy has issued a final call for entries to Open races this coming Saturday.
Is it because there is no dogs or is it because people are sick of racing against Drug cheats, I would have to say both, The cost incurred by owners now has gone passed being ridicules and it is not viable for the small dog man/woman to stay going, on top of that they have little or no chance of winning any big races or any substantial prize money due to the cheats that are in this game, the cheats have this game Destroyed and to inflict more hardship onto the small dog man/woman the cheats have been caressed by the so called people in charge, the writing is already on the wall, never mind the board are doing a mighty Job????
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 09 Mar 2018 19:40
Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill spoke out about the drug issues in our industry. I wish to raise the use of drugs in the greyhound industry. In 2015, the Greyhound Industry (Racing) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations were introduced, coming into effect on 1 October 2015.It specifically provided for the immediate disqualification of any greyhound that returns an adverse analytical finding. Such greyhounds were to stand disqualified. However, it has come to my attention that a greyhound that tested positive on three occasions for the banned substance, cocaine, was allowed to race by the Irish Greyhound Board last Saturday evening, where he won the Irish St. Leger. There is a major issue in the greyhound industry. The owners and breeders are not being listened to. We have heard from the Government. I gave the Minister of State, Deputy Doyle, some credit when he was Chairman of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. However, since he has become Minister of State there has been little progress in allowing the ordinary breeders and owners to have their voices and concerns listened to.
The greyhound legislation is to come before these Houses. However, existing legislation is not even being adhered to by the governing authority, which is in receipt of almost €300,000 of taxpayers' money each week. It will not even listen to the breeders and owners. This industry is in decline and the issue is going to explode. It is one of our traditional industries. The greyhound is the poor man's racehorse. The situation is absolutely unacceptable. I urge the Leader to ask the Minister of State, Deputy Doyle, to come to the House to listen to the serious allegations that will be brought before him and to answer some of them and provide some clarity as to why the Government is allowing this situation to continue.
What has Minister Doyle done to help our industry since he took office? NOTHING
Michael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
I express my support for the small trainers. They are greyhound men and women and genuine people. Never in their lives would they engage in activity such as mistreating their animals, drugging dogs or engaging in any of that nonsense. They are respectable people whom I admire. I go to the greyhound track in Tralee. A person could not go to a better place on a Friday or a Saturday night. It is a great fund-raiser. Local community groups, schools and GAA clubs use the facilities where people come together. It is a great place for young people and children to go to because it is safe and they enjoy it. It is a great community activity. However, I cannot get my head around how it is acceptable for a person who drugs a dog and has that unfair advantage to run that dog again. We all know that the dog is innocent and does not take the drugs. However, if it tests positive a week or two or three weeks later, how can the person in question run it again? It is the person who is wrong.
I fully support the greyhound industry. I am behind every person involved in it. For the small greyhound breeders and those who love a little win now and then, it balances their books a little if they receive some prize money. For God's sake, tackle the unfair advantage which I describe as the criminal element. Anyone who drugs a dog is engaging in a criminal act.
Minister Doyle has been getting it from all angles regarding the use of drugs in our sport but has failed the ordinary greyhound man/woman to stay involved in this sport due to the uneven playing field we have to share with the drug cheats, if he continues to stand idle he will have a huge problem on his hands before to long IMHO.
Joe Mc Gorrey United Kingdom (Verified User) Posts 1276 Dogs 2 / Races 0 10 Mar 2018 16:32
Well said Dave and keep the good work up I just wish I had a dog like you with guts and determined as you its a credit to ya
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 10 Mar 2018 21:28
14 months ago this was stated.
Holland was out of the country and unavailable for comment. On his kennel’s website, he addressed the positive findings, saying he had been “picked on” for drug testing at Shelbourne Park and that he knew of “one well-known trainer with seven positives pending, and another has nine, though nothing has been made public”
March 2018 and nothing has ever been published regarding the above statement, is this false information or is it a case of our Regulation Department has forgotten to deal with them???, we dont want false information to be read out on the 20th March and we certainly dont want the board to forget important material relevant to the case, saying that dont hold your breath for this High Court Case to go ahead on the 20th March as its been reported that a Mercedes car has been seen traveling from the kilkenny area to Golden so many times that a track has been formed in the road leading to Golden, AH sure they might well be claiming expenses for new tyres and Juice.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 12 Mar 2018 21:56
The awards presentation will take place at the Killashee Hotel, Naas on Sunday, April 29th.
DOG OF YEAR
Clonbrien Hero, Good News, Jaytee Yankee.
A Dog that tested positive 3 times for Cocaine has been selected as one of 3 dogs for an award??????? where will it all end?
What an insult to the regular greyhound owner.
These are the people who voted a dog with 3 positive COCAINE results deserves a nomination for DOG OF THE YEAR.
The selection panel comprised of ten people comprising journalists and greyhound industry folk: Tom Aherne, Paul Cooney, Ian Fortune, Michael Fortune, D.J. Histon, Tommy Lyons, Tony Mulvey, Sarina O’Day, Declan O’Donoghue and Paddy Ryan.
NOT a very greyhound folk thing to do in my opinion.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 15 Mar 2018 18:28
Todays Irish Examiner
Clonbrien Hero has been shortlisted alongside Derby winner, Good News, and Jaytee Yankee, for the prestigious Dog of the Year title at the Irish Greyhound Board’s Annual Awards 2017.
It comes despite an ongoing disciplinary hearing process in relation to its failed drug tests.
The nominations are made by secret ballot of an independent 10-person panel of industry representatives.
It emerged last September that Clonbrien Hero had failed three drugs tests for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine, on June 24, July 1, and July 22, following testing at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium in Cork. The July 22 test took place after the dog won the Laurels.
The “adverse analytical findings” were referred to the Control Committee, which is independent of the IGB. The dog was disqualified from racing and €30,000 prize money is being withheld pending the conclusion of the Control Committee’s disciplinary hearing A sample taken from the dog later tested negative, clearing it to return to racing. It went on to win the 2017 Irish St Leger on November 4, scooping €25,000.
However, solicitors acting on behalf of the dog’s trainer secured a temporary High Court order before Christmas preventing a disciplinary hearing from proceeding. The process has yet to be concluded.
The IGB said no assumptions should be made until the Control Committee’s investigation is concluded.
“No assumptions should be made beyond the status of an adverse analytical finding,” a spokesman said.
“In accordance with regulations, any greyhound that returns an adverse finding is immediately disqualified from further racing or trialling until a further sample returns free from prohibited substances. “This has been followed for every greyhound since 2015.”
There was never any announcement from the IGB or its Regulation department stating that Clonbrien Hero had been disqualified from racing, there was never any announcement that Clonbrien Hero had given a negative sample and was entitled to race on, this has become a very serious matter for Head of Regulation and this Department must be held accountable for their incompetence and lack of vision to deal with a trainer and 3 positive samples for Cocaine, if the IGB happen to loose this court case it should spell the end of the road for someone IMHO.
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 19 Mar 2018 18:34
Tomorrow Tuesday 20th March
HOLLAND -V- THE CONTROL COMMITTEE OF BORD NA GCON 2017/928 JR
It clearly states in the rule book that the trainer is responsible for his dogs at all times, no point blaming other people for patting the dogs head while they have coke on their hands that wont be absorbed by any judge, hopefully it will all come out in the wash.
Joe Mc Gorrey United Kingdom (Verified User) Posts 1276 Dogs 2 / Races 0 19 Mar 2018 19:27
The man should be ban for life
Kieran O Brien Ireland (Verified User) Posts 132 Dogs 22 / Races 1 19 Mar 2018 22:55
Its remarkable how with same testing machine & techniques no other dogs appear to be returning positive anytical findings for same metabolite at any level but CH managed to scorred a hat trick OF POSITIVE anytical findings in the one competition.....IGB PUBLISHED A ZERO TOLERANCE ..time to walk the walk... time to restore integrity & improve public relations thus allowing the sport to be successful promoted ..and attract investment/ owners... onwards and upwards
Dave Cunningham Ireland (Verified User) Posts 1889 Dogs 0 / Races 0 20 Mar 2018 13:20
IGB adjourns again.
This has now gone beyond a joke, the IGB have secured another adjournment until the 13th July, the case will have to be heard on this date as they cannot adjourn again, clearly they do not have their documents in order, a complete disgrace at this stage.