Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Food and Horticulture, Jackie Cahill TD has said that the current talks aimed at resolving the greyhound dispute must have the aim of restoring Saturday night racing in Dublin at its heart.

Deputy Cahill made the commented following confirmation that a set of proposals have been made to both parties in the dispute.

“I am hopeful that a compromise can be reached that delivers for all the stakeholders involved – management, owners, dog trainers and supporters.

“The greyhound industry is a significant employer, especially in rural Ireland, and it contributes over €500 million to the Irish economy every year. The longer this dispute continues the greater the damage to the industry.

“The greyhound industry needs to be supported. Jobs right across the country are at risk, and it’s time that the Government delivered on its promises to owners, breeders and supporters alike.

“I am calling on all sides to come together, restore Saturday night racing in Dublin, and protect the future viability of this important industry,” concluded Cahill.