The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has today indicated to the owners and management of Lifford Greyhound Stadium that race cards of a maximum of 12 races can be maintained at the track until the completion and full consideration of a strategic review into the future needs of the Irish greyhound industry, which is currently being compiled by Indecon Economic Consultants.

The IGB expects to be in receipt of this report in early October.

Last week it emerged that the track had been instructed to run a maximum of ten races and prize-money was being cut.

But this fresh move could be a ray of hope, after it had been announced that greyhound racing was to cease at the East Donegal facility.

The IGB Statement said: "This arrangement is offered to Lifford Greyhound Stadium on the basis of this report maintaining the operation of the track in the coming months."

And it added: "The IGB is also working to cater for greyhound owners and trainers, traditionally part of Lifford and/or Longford's dog pools, by facilitating extra racing at Mullingar and Dundalk stadia in the near future.

Around 30 full-time and part-time jobs are on the line if the stadium closes.

Last night a public meeting was held to discuss the future of the stadium.

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