The Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan said  60 ‘A’ card holders in the North have been  covered for death benefit since 2012.   Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

One of Northern Ireland’s leading trainers insists he had never known about stable staff in the north being covered for life assurance since 2012. Th(...)

Turf Club “A” cards are issued to full-time stable employees throughout Ireland, and Mr Egan said there were 60 such card-holders currently registered in the North. Photograph: Getty Images

The Turf Club has said that 60 full-time stable staff in the North of Ireland are covered as part of a life assurance scheme since 2012. That insuran(...)

Brian Kavanagh, CEO, Horse Racing Ireland: “The 2018 fixture will feature the highest number of race meetings staged in Ireland to date.” Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds

Day three of the 2017 Listowel festival features the sort of mixed card which won’t be seen as much on Ireland’s racecourses in 2018. Next year’s fix(...)

Horse trainer Michael Hourigan of Lisaleen Stables in  Patrickswell, Co Limerick: “I’ve often worked 24 hours straight through.” Photograph:  Liam Burke Press 22

Champion horse trainer Michael Hourigan says he and others are “worried” that their businesses will be forced to shut, should Ballydoyle Racing Stable(...)

TD Clare Daly said the recent minimum wage agreement between the ISSA and the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association was a “sham”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Stable Staff Association (ISSA) has rejected claims by the Independents4change TD Clare Daly that many working within racing are “indentured(...)