The Joint Committee on Agriculture and the Marine has written to the Taoiseach and also the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding the ongoing suspension of point-to-point racing. At Monday’s Committee meeting, it was agreed that the Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Agriculture and the Marine would express serious concerns in relation to the suspension of point-to-point racing due to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.
Chair of the committee, Jackie Cahill, TD, explained: “The Committee requests that point-to-point racing be allowed to recommence under strict safety protocols as a matter of urgency. Horse racing and show jumping events have been permitted to take place under such safety protocols, and similar dispensation should be extended to the point-to-point format.”
Deputy Cahill said: “The safety protocols put in place to allow horse racing to continue behind closed doors should be considered to allow a resumption of point-to-point. Although the Committee welcomes the five additional National Hunt meetings this month, a return of the point-to-point racing format is needed to showcase horses.