The board of Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) has suggested Dearbhla O’Brien as the new chief executive, succeeding Gerard Dollard, who is stepping down.
The appointment of O’Brien to run Ireland’s greyhound racing governing body has been submitted to Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine for approval.
The current CEO of WorkandTravel.ie, Ireland’s top provider of work abroad and international internships is the GRI’s favoured candidate. Following a seven-year stint as Commercial and Marketing Director, O’Brien was appointed to CEO of USIT Ireland in 2010.
From January 2022, O’Brien is anticipated to take over as CEO of GRI. GRI will be led by Deputy CEO Philip Peake until O’Brien takes over the post in the interim.
“Dearbhla’s organisational values, vision, communication skills, and commercial and marketing knowledge makes her an excellent choice as CEO as we look to build on the significant progress made in several key areas in recent years.
“These include in areas of greyhound welfare, traceability and the overall strengthening of the sector following a difficult operating environment brought about by the pandemic.”
The Dali is scheduled to settle on the final legislative framework of the ‘Interim Gaming and Lotteries Act’ in 2022, which will alter the nation’s gaming regulations, which have remained static since 1931.
In the Republic, GRI has licenced 17 tracks, nine of which are owned and administered by the Board. Private enterprise owns and operates the remaining.
The regulating body operates Tote facilities at all greyhound tracks, levying an on-course levy on all bookmaker bets on greyhounds in Ireland to augment prizes, maintain venues, and support welfare greyhound racing.