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Sulky racing could be finally banned from today

Sulky racing could be finally banned from today

Sulky racing could be finally banned from today

Unsanctioned sulky racing on Irish roads could be banned today as a new bill comes before the Dáil.

Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath told Newstalk Breakfast this morning that he plans on regulating the sport with new legislation being discussed in the Dáil later today.

“The primary motivation behind the bill is to address the growing health and safety and welfare concerns not only for the public but also for the horses and these young passengers that are involved,” he said.

He went to explain the main purpose of the bill.

“The bill really has one simple aim and that really is to prohibit sulky racing where no lawful permission has been granted or indeed asked for,” he said.

Deputy McGrath’s bill could see anyone who breaks the rules and takes part in an unsanctioned sulky race faced with up to six years in prison, or with a fine of up to €5,000.

However, there are limitations to the bill. McGrath explained that it would not be an outright ban on the sport.

“The bill doesn’t impact on off-road sulky racing, on tracks. That is what I am hoping to do would be to relocate it – as you would have it in France and other countries,” he said.

The legislation comes only a few days after two men in Limerick were arrested in connection with an alleged sulky race last Saturday morning on Tipperary Road. Since the incident, gardaí have warned that sulky racing is illegal on public roads.

Footage was captured of the alleged incident, and it appears to show one of the racers knocking into a car in the foggy weather.

Gardaí said they were concerned about the welfare of horses, saying they are: “particularly vigilant in relation to horses not being kept under proper control or where they are being neglected or mistreated”.

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