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Central to the new dispensation will be Turf Club vets getting the same search-and-seize powers as some State agencies. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Officials at Irish racing’s integrity body, the Turf Club, are confident of securing the vital authorised officer(...)

In most racing jurisdictions, finance is generated from punters, giving professionals a vital self-interest in maintaining public confidence in integrity. But in Ireland the financial priority is keeping the State money hose open to the ruling body, Horse Racing Ireland. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

A long time ago I held a horse when it was getting an injection. “What’s that?” I asked the much more worldly man busy searching for a vein. “V(...)

Dundalk’s   floodlit all-weather track for flat racing. A floodlit jumps course is being planned for the Louth venue. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dundalk’s plans to build a €3.5 million floodlit, jumps all-weather course, possibly opening in 2016, appear to have attracted mixed early notices wit(...)

A ‘Start Your Own Business Scheme’ for people who have been unemployed for 15 months or more and  a tax break for home renovations are included in a range of Budget measures announced today.

A two-year tax break for unemployed people who start their own business has been welcomed as the boost that might reignite the almost stagnant constru(...)

On-course bookmakers saw their turnover decrease by nine per cent to less than €30 million. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Statistics for the first half of 2013 suggest the impact of the recession on Irish racing may be bottoming out for most sectors of the industry – but (...)

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