28 January 2006

Doping row rocks greyhound world

Irish Independent

**Ban Greyhound racing

Grainne Cunningham

THE world of greyhound racing was last night engulfed in a bitter row over the doping of two dogs.

Sports Minister John O'Donoghue demanded an urgent report from Bord na gCon into the controversial sacking of its chief executive Aidan Tynan.

He was dismissed following a dispute with the chairman of the body, Paschal Taggart, over whether the drugs offences concerning the two greyhounds should be publicised.

Mr Taggart said last night the Greyhound Board had failed to publicise at least one other positive test for the illegal drug EPO in a greyhound.

As the board faced a storm of controversy over the shock sacking of Mr Tynan, Mr Taggart rejected accusations that there had been a "cover-up of mammoth proportions".

And he insisted Mr Tynan's departure was for other reasons and was not related to the board's failure to follow its own policy of publicising doping cases.

Mr O'Donoghue has now sought an urgent report from Mr Taggart over the whole controversy.

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