Irish Greyhound Board defends high wages despite decline in business

Irish Greyhound Board defends high wages despite decline in business

The Irish Greyhound Board is defending the high level of wages in the company - despite a fall in attendances, prize money and meetings.

The Public accounts committee has heard the wage bill is over €10m - and that 11 people get €1.2m of that.

The semi-state body is funded by the taxpayer to the tune of more than €200,000 a week.

Chief financial officer Michael Murnane said: "You have to accept it is a large payroll cost, for the revenue that is there, but it is a labour intensive industry.

"You are still running 8,9,10 races a night, if you run 12 you won't need any extra employees, if you run six you still need the same number of employees."

A statement from the Irish Greyhound Board added: "The IGB is a unique semi-state body, as it has to manage both the commercial development and regulation of the greyhound racing sector.

"As such, this requires staff with a high level of expertise and skills."


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