Empty seats . . . but the Oireachtas has been busy, passing 253 Acts during this Government’s five-year term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 3(...)

Trainer Phillip Fenton:  was disqualified by the Turf Club for three years in 2014 over possession of banned animal substances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The long-awaited report from racing’s Anti-Doping Task Force, set up in the aftermath of the steroids controversy that saw trainer Philip Fenton disq(...)

Ruby Walsh may have to choose between Vautour and Djakadam in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Those making Willie Mullins an odds-on favourite to be champion trainer in Britain this season are pinning their confidence on him dominating Chelten(...)

National Hunt ownership is failing to keep up with gains made in flat racing, despite increased prize money and minimum race values, an issue Horse Racing Ireland will be making a priority of addressing throughout 2016. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Irish racing’s focus through 2016 will be on revitalising ownership levels in the National Hunt sector, after 2015 industry statistics appeared to rev(...)

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning on Un De Sceaux at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ruby Walsh has been a statistical focus this week in terms of career winners and will hope a 10th Grade One winner of the season will come his way ab(...)

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Burke with his National Hunt award. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rising star Jonathan Burke broke his Grade One duck on Sizing John at last year’s Christmas festival in Leopardstown and the partnership will be back(...)

 Willie Mullins: “I’m delighted these races are on. The sort of horses running in them have only a certain number of races they can contest so it’s important they’re run.” Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The current bad weather has necessitated a programme re-jig and the outcome is a Navan Monday card with an 11.30 morning start featuring the Grade 2 (...)


The wildest part of a wild weekend was an hour I spent stewarding a road race in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Saturday morning. It was the “Jingle Bells” (...)

The racecourse dominance exerted by the country’s top National Hunt trainers Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott extended to the Horse Racing Ireland an(...)

HRI chief Joe Keeling makes a presentation to Tony McCoy. Photo: Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland chairman Joe Keeling described 2015 as a positive year and predicted “the beginning of the end of the recession” for the bloodsto(...)