GRAI Reaction to Recent Disqualification Orders

Press Release – 28 February 2016

GREYHOUND RESCUE Association of Ireland is pleased to see recent Disqualification/Exclusion Orders imposed and published by the Irish Greyhound Board – we see the Orders as a forward step for greyhound welfare.

550626_4095320022782_2114572570_nThe Disqualification/Exclusion Orders were imposed on Paul Nolan – for continued welfare breaches; Manuel Portillo Lopez – following the death of eleven greyhounds being exported to Spain; and Michael Delahunty – for doping offenses (Stanozolol), and illegal animal remedies.

However, GRAI are concerned over the lack of information regarding the length of the imposed Orders. GRAI are further concerned that the Orders do not go as far as banning the aforementioned from keeping greyhounds – they are disqualified/excluded from tracks; sales; coursing meetings; Irish Stud Book registrations.

On 14 January 2016, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain Disciplinary Hearing handed a 6 month ban to Irish/International Trainer, Craig Kelly, in the UK, for doping offenses involving Stanozolol during the Wimbledon Derby 2015. The Irish greyhound, Bellmore Neymar, who gave the positive sample in May and June 2015 had continued to race in Ireland from July to November 2015. GRAI would like to see such future cases in the UK given attention in Ireland – the IGB announced from 1 October 2015 that greyhounds can be banned from racing following adverse analytical test results of prohibited substances, until the results of further testing prove negative.

Craig Kelly is listed as inactive on the IGB website, along with Pat Curtin – fined and severely reprimanded by the GBGB in 2009 and 2014 – but no publication from the IGB has been given whether their licenses have been revoked in Ireland.


For further information please contact Richard King Press Officer for Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland
Phone: 00 44 7990027294
Notes to editors: Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland was founded in 2010 to promote greyhound adoption in Ireland, and to advocate for improvements in greyhound welfare.