The Irish Greyhound Board has announced the appointment of Indecon Economic Consultants to undertake a comprehensive, strategic review into the future needs of its 16 licensed stadia - including Lifford - following a competitive tender process.

The review, announced September last and an integral part of the IGB’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022, will provide an assessment of stadium infrastructure and financial sustainability, along with detailed recommendations regarding the 16 licensed stadia.

A completed overall report is expected later this year.

The brief for the study includes the following:

  • Assessment of the infrastructure, services available and standard of facilities at all 16 licenced greyhound stadia in Shelbourne Park, Curraheen Park, Youghal, Limerick, Tralee, Galway, Mullingar, Waterford, Newbridge, Longford, Kilkenny, Clonmel, Thurles, Dundalk, Enniscorthy and Lifford.
  • A financial assessment of the future sustainability of each individual track.
  • An analysis of population catchments and access arrangements for each individual greyhound track.
  • An analysis of racing schedules for each greyhound stadium.
  • An assessment of any impact arising from availability of breeders or trainers within the catchment area.
  • An analysis of relevant competing sporting facilities within the catchment area.
  • Recommendations regarding the appropriate industry footprint for the future including detailed recommendations regarding individual stadia.

    The recently published Strategic Plan 2018-2022 proposes a capital development programme totalling €12 million.

    Meanwhile, Lifford Greyhound Stadium, which was put up for sale last June, is still on the market with a €1.9 million price tag.

    See this week's Letterkenny and Finn Valley Post for more.

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