“Even in the event of a no-deal exit we would hope Ireland will still be dealt with as a single unit for animal disease purposes,” said HRI’s Brian Kavanagh. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Irish racing’s efforts to prepare for a potentially disastrous no-deal Brexit are gathering pace although the sector is currently a “prisoner of the m(...)

Concerns are growing about how a hard boder could impact the regulation of horse racing in Ireland. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish racing’s regulatory body says uncertainty exists over the implications of Brexit for its logistical administration of the sport here. Racing ha(...)

Tote turnover at Leopardstown’s recent four day Christmas festival fell by almost a million euro on the previous year to €1,606,297.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A ban on betting on horse racing in Israel has been blamed for an alarming slide in Tote betting in recent months. Last year the Israeli government a(...)

Horse Racing Ireland owns two sites next to Leopardstown Racecourse, above. The  levy on the sites would have left HRI with a bill of €2.37 million next year if they were not developed. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/©INPHO

The owners of two of the most valuable sites that were listed on the Vacant Sites Register will not face land-hoarding fines when they come into force(...)

Across the State sites worth more than €300 million have been added to the register by local authorities, including the former Player Wills factory on the South Circular Road, Dublin, above. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The chief executive of the State’s Housing Agency, John O’Connor, has warned the Government against increasing the vacant sites levy from 3 per cent t(...)

Brian Kavanagh: “We want the Government to take assurance from the industry that the type of diagnostic and research work done there will be done to the highest international standards.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Facilities at the Irish Equine Centre have been described as “not up to scratch” and improving them is a key priority for racing’s ruling body amid co(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Mr Kavanagh has said there are no border inspection points for equines at any of the Irish seaports. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A nightmare scenario in which a no-deal Brexit effectively brings the movement of horses between Ireland and the UK to a stop has been outlined by Iri(...)

“Johnny Murtagh astounded me by admitting that he had never broken anything while racing.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that, at the Horse Racing Ireland awards on Tuesday night, you could not have swung a cat without hitting some(...)

 Michael O’Leary: “Your fear is that apart from the big days, Irish racing will be subservient to analysis of Fontwell, Fakenham and all that stuff”

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned against the coverage of Irish racing being “shoved down some internet pipe” as a result of a new television de(...)

 Construction work at the Curragh racecourse near Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s (HRI) chief executive has said racing’s ruling body is committed to delivering a new Curragh racecourse, and will “commit to wh(...)

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