The Irish Greyhound Board have been given permission to open a new greyhound stadium in Limerick.

Building starts in March 2009 and it is set to open in September 2010.

The Limerick Post reports: “It’s official….after years of campaigning, it has been confirmed that work on the new greyhound track at Greenpark will commence in March, with the opening date set for September 2010.

Construction will begin in March of next year.  The project will generate 250 new construction jobs through to its completion in September 2010.

Filling on the Dock Road site is already underway. The advertisement for main contractors and sub contractors to work on the new stadium, which will be the largest construction project starting in the south west in 2009, has drawn a substantial response and the expressions of interest are currently being evaluated.

“The original plans approved by the Irish Greyhound Board in 2005 have been updated to accommodate greater building and environmental efficiency,” said IGB chief executive Adrian Neilan.

“This stadium will be right on the cutting edge of sports and leisure building and will reflect the confidence generated within our sport in recent years.

“Limerick is a multi-million development, making it one of the biggest construction projects in the south west next year.

“There is no doubt that the next few years will be challenging, but the Limerick project is a cornerstone of our long term ambition for the sport of greyhound racing and its support of nearly  11,000 jobs in Ireland.  The capital funds established during recent years are being invested wisely for the long term benefit of the sport and the industry. These will be supplemented in this instance by the savings generated by relocating our Head Office from the City Centre to the new stadium”.

Whether this will be a good thing for Irish greyhounds or not is yet to be seen. Better facilities may improve the day-to-day welfare of greyhounds at the track but ultimatley a bigger stadium will only result in more greyhounds being used and abused in the name of this “sport”.

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