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Michael O'Keeffe
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28 Jan 2017 11:07


On behalf of dgoba I would like to thank all groups and gobas who are giving us their support.We must all come out on the 4 feb at 5 o'clock let's show them we have enough of thebad management if we stick together we can save our tracks.I got a phone call from igb for meeting I asked would ceo or chairman be attending I was told no we had committee meeting in harold cross last night and decided to go ahead with picket it's was just a ploy by them to stop our picket we said from start we want to meet new Ceo not staff




Paul Quilty
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28 Jan 2017 12:21


Greyhound Racing Integrity Ireland would like to give our backing in principle to the action agreed by the DGOBA with their picket. We wish them all the best and hope for a successful outcome

Yours in Sport




Maurice Mullaney
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28 Jan 2017 15:44


RIGHT BEHIND THE DGOBA.

All genuine greyhound people will stand with you.

Expect a call from IGB on Tuesday/Wednesday but "Dont Fall for This Usual trick,

I hear TED HEGARTY is also behind ye. If true, WELL DONE TED.


Alan Redmond
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28 Jan 2017 17:24


The Chairman and The CEO have refused to meet your representatives. To discuss the current position on Closing Stadia and the future of the Greyhound Industry. They want us to meet the executive committee. This is no slight on the executive committee, unfortunately they are not decision makers. Therefore if we met with them they would have to go back to the Chairman and the CEO to discuss our issues. They would then have to return to us with the result of their discussions with Mr. Meaney and Mr. Brady. Round and round we go.
There are 7 days before were outside Shelbourne Park. Time is of the essence in this matter. We want to meet the DECISION MAKERS. I NOW CALL UPON MR. PHIL MEANEY AND DR. SEAN BRADY TO MEET WITH THE DGOBA "URGENTLY". We are always told that the IGB Board don't read the Forum. I know differently, if they don't read it then they have a person who does and reports back to them of the content.
These two gentlemen are highly paid and expensed by the Irish Greyhound Board, ie, The Tax Payer. They have an obligation to meet those who represent the Industry.
We do NOT want to disturb Racing at Shelbourne Park or any other track however when the guardians of the Industry refuse to meet with the local GOBA then a more positive form of action is called for.
I must correct one of my previous statments. Longford is of courses p




Lynda Bonner
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28 Jan 2017 17:45


Statement from Greyhound Industry Stakeholders - Northern Ireland.

Greyhound Industry Stakeholders - Northern Ireland have run a snapshot poll on their FB group and those who cast their vote gave unanimous support, in principle, for the DGOBA picket on the 4th February. Those who voted included owners, breeders, rearers and trainers.


Niall Healy
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29 Jan 2017 15:23


Forum Administrator please take note.
This topic affects all involved in the greyhound industry in Ireland and due to its importance should be pinned at top of page.

I do hope that common sense will prevail and a meeting will take place and that the dogs will keep running.

Dave Cunningham wrote:

The Dublin Greyhound Owners & Breeders Association have issued a statement asking all Owners/Trainers to withdraw their dogs from racing starting with Shelbourne Park on the 4th February.

Pickets will be placed on both entrances to Shelbourne Park on the evening.

The decision to take this action was not taken lightly and reflects the frustration felt by greyhound supporters who have watched an arrogant and incompetent board run the industry into the ground. It would be a mistake for owners to think that this is just a Harolds Cross issue and may not affect them directly. Which track is next for closure? Successive Government Ministers may be happy with the performance of IGB but this is a clear statement that greyhound owners are not happy and have had enough.

Greyhound owners have had to endure prize money cuts and rule changes without consultation. Breeding numbers, owners, attendance, tote etc have all collapsed. The Board of IGB have been dishonest and totally disrespectful towards owners by undermining representative organisations and refusing to engage in any meaningful way.

The DGOBA must be commended for taking a stance. It is incumbent on everyone who claims to support the greyhound industry that they now give unequivocal public support and do not allow their dogs to be entered for racing on February 4.

The IGOBF fully support the DGOBA action and asks our members not to allow their dogs to be entered for racing on February 4.





Paddy Burke
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29 Jan 2017 15:55


The Western Branch of the greyhound owners/breeders (WGOBA) committee are fully behind the DOGBA and wish them every success

yours in sport

Paddy Burke PRO WGOBA


Alan Redmond
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29 Jan 2017 17:46


The GOBAS throughly the County are behind us. There seem to be a reluctance on Trainers to commit to support the Industry on the night. I would like to see some of our leading trainers sign up.



Jason Pollard
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29 Jan 2017 22:17


Statement from the Greyhound Phoenix Strategy (GPS) Group.

The GPS Group supports, in principle, the DGOBA's action in seeking dialogue with the IGB. We also recognise the urgent need for OPEN dialogue between the IGB and the industry as a whole, in an effort to resolve the many issues concerning the industry.


Alan Redmond
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30 Jan 2017 00:21


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It might be an idea if Dr. Brady had a look at the past happenings with the IGB when they appeared before the Public Accounts Committee. I'm sure this gentleman has the Chairman in his ear explaining that these GOBAS are a bunch of trouble makers. I would recommend that Dr. Brady speak to some of the Trainers in and around Sallins, where he resides, venture back to Cavan and speak to Vinny Maguire or any of the local Trainers. They will advise him as to how the Industry has been decimated by Dick O'Sullivan, Adrian Nealon, Phil Meaney and lately Miss Geraldine Larkin and then he entire IRISH GREYHOUND BOARD.
There will be no meeting unless the Chairman and the CEO are in attendance. We will not back down on this issue.
We will be outside Shelbourne Park on Saturday evening next at 5pm. Press and TV will be in attendance. Many of the journalists I spoke to were fully aware of the self inflicted crises within the IGB. They were aware of the scandal of the purchase and development of the new Limerick stadium. They had followed Conor Ryan's articles on the sorry saga of how to squander


Alan Redmond
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30 Jan 2017 01:07


Continued :- Sorry machine has a mind of its own.
Tax Payers money, building a stadium on a flood plain. Well there's only 6 days to go until another great day in the life of the Greyhound Industry. This weekend will be the make or break of a once great Industry. The ordinary Greyhound Man V The Might of the Free Dinner Merchants.
Time now for the clowns to leave the stage. The entire IGB Board should this very morning resign. They should inform the Minister that The Greyhound Industry has had a vote of "NO CONFIDENCE" in the IGB Board. Inform the Minister that as a result of this overwhelming "VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE" they feel they have no alternative but to offer their resignations.
A new Board of NON POLITICAL PERSONS should be immediately appointed. That is of course after they have been interviewed, to see what they can bring to the Industry. There should be a mixture of gender and all appointees should have some qualifications, ie, Some Business Experience, Some Knowledge of the Greyhound Industry. Perhaps a Solicitor or Barrister,( Person with an interest in Dog Racing). A Breeder, A Bookmaker. People who know what their about and have some experience of the Sport of Greyhound Racing.
SALARY for a Chairman should not exceed 15,000pa. All other Board Members a SALARY of 10,000pa. Expenses should not be allowed to exceed 7,000pa per person. This should really be appointments of persons who seek to help the Industry and not a semi retirement bonus for friends and party supporters of the Minister.
I await the decision of the Chairman and the CEO regarding the proposed meeting to SAVE HAROLDS CROSS AND ALL STADIA AND THE FUTURE OF THE GREYHOUND INDUSTRY IN IRELAND.



Alan Redmond
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30 Jan 2017 18:21


Colin Walsh of the Executive Committee called Mick O'Keeffe to say he regrets the fact that the DGOBA will not meet his committee.The Chairman and CEO are obviously not prepared to meet the with The DGOBA.
It is now most definite our Peaceful Protest will Proceed as Planned. Saturday NEXT, 4th February Shelbourne Park at 5pm.
Don't be late.



Lynda Bonner
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30 Jan 2017 19:04


Thank you for the update Alan. It's concerning that the new CEO hasn't agreed to meet with the DGOBA despite them having the support of the IGOBF, 2 GOBA's, GRII, GPS Group, and 2 FB Groups. These are all key stakeholder groups, yet their support for the DGOBA's request for a meeting appears to hold little sway with our governing body.

The unity between the groups is refreshing and I guess it's up to each stakeholder to decide if they are going to keep supplying the greyhounds our governing body needs for their racetracks whilst having minimal input in how our industry is run.




Peter Crawford
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30 Jan 2017 19:30


I also agree its very refreshing to see everyone read from the same script for a change

Unity is a great weapon to have

Well done all round


Brendan Moore
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30 Jan 2017 20:24


The refusal of the interim CEO to meet the DGOBA is unacceptable. Unfortunately the IGB operate a feudal based policy towards some stakeholders and the interim CEO is adopting the same tactic which is very worrying.
There are serious questions to be answered in relation to how an interim CEO was waiting in the wings when Miss Larkin's departure was allegedly a shock.
We could all take the view that its all in the past and we have a top man appointed now. But,it raises some serious questions for the industry. What exactly is Mr Brady's brief?
If he is not willing to meet the DGOBA therefore we have to assume that working with stakeholders is not a priority.
I don't think its too much to ask for a meeting or for a statement to give stakeholders an idea of what Mr Brady considers the priorities are for the industry.
I am informed that the party line is "attend the forum".
It's well past the time for straight talking within the greyhound industry but we still have to try. So lets be the honest the forum is a fudge, a talking shop designed to keep stakeholders at bay. It was set up as an answer to parliamentary questions about how the IGB engages with the industry. The Board appointed the Chair and set the agenda and it will fizzle out and be replaced by another talking shop or steering committee.
There was already a forum of seven members and its called the Board.
Lets be very clear the board make the decisions as set out by legislation based on information collated by the CEO for decision. Asking other members of the executive to meet the DGOBA is more of the tactical rubbish the Board use instead of proper respectful dialogue.
The industry is paralysed by indecision and tactical thinking. The policy is to placate those who are onside, contain those who are silent and ignore those who have a different view. If the same amount of time was spent on open and transparent engagement instead of cloak and dagger tactics we wouldn't be in the mess we are in.
No wonder the DGOBA are driven to picket and I believe they should be supported.



Peter Crawford
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30 Jan 2017 20:26


Is the message clear that that owners must not enter there dogs on saturday??




Ken Mann
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30 Jan 2017 21:38


Yes Peter the DGOBA are asking people not to make their dogs available for racing this Saturday in Shelbourne and also support us by not passing the picket



Lynda Bonner
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30 Jan 2017 22:13


Brendan Moore wrote:

The refusal of the interim CEO to meet the DGOBA is unacceptable. Unfortunately the IGB operate a feudal based policy towards some stakeholders and the interim CEO is adopting the same tactic which is very worrying.
There are serious questions to be answered in relation to how an interim CEO was waiting in the wings when Miss Larkin's departure was allegedly a shock.
We could all take the view that its all in the past and we have a top man appointed now. But,it raises some serious questions for the industry. What exactly is Mr Brady's brief?
If he is not willing to meet the DGOBA therefore we have to assume that working with stakeholders is not a priority.
I don't think its too much to ask for a meeting or for a statement to give stakeholders an idea of what Mr Brady considers the priorities are for the industry.
I am informed that the party line is "attend the forum".
It's well past the time for straight talking within the greyhound industry but we still have to try. So lets be the honest the forum is a fudge, a talking shop designed to keep stakeholders at bay. It was set up as an answer to parliamentary questions about how the IGB engages with the industry. The Board appointed the Chair and set the agenda and it will fizzle out and be replaced by another talking shop or steering committee.
There was already a forum of seven members and its called the Board.
Lets be very clear the board make the decisions as set out by legislation based on information collated by the CEO for decision. Asking other members of the executive to meet the DGOBA is more of the tactical rubbish the Board use instead of proper respectful dialogue.
The industry is paralysed by indecision and tactical thinking. The policy is to placate those who are onside, contain those who are silent and ignore those who have a different view. If the same amount of time was spent on open and transparent engagement instead of cloak and dagger tactics we wouldn't be in the mess we are in.
No wonder the DGOBA are driven to picket and I believe they should be supported.


I rarely see you post on GD, but when you do you have always something thought provoking and worth while to say. Thank you Brendan.


Liam Riley
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30 Jan 2017 23:06


Absolutely spot on Brendan . Totally agree


Liam Riley
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30 Jan 2017 23:14


Couldn't beleive my eyes last night when Meaney and Dwyer had the brass neck to show up to Clonmel track. The track they refused to allow racing on two nights on the run up to Xmas.They should have been shown the door. Sorry I know its slightly off topic , but it just gives everyone an indication of the neck these people have. Looks like the new CEO has a similar neck.

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