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18 1994



Authorised Racecourses

Authorised Racecourses.

59. —(1) The Authority shall, subject to such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, grant an authorisation (“a racecourse authorisation”) to a licensed racecourse (“authorised racecourse”) where the Authority considers it is able to provide appropriate facilities and services to carry on horseracing at race-meetings and accommodate persons associated with horseracing (including members of the public watching horseracing).

(2) (a) An authorised racecourse shall be authorised for a period of 5 years—

(i) in the case of a first racecourse authorisation, from such date as the Authority may determine, or

(ii) in the case of a second or subsequent racecourse authorisation, from the day after the expiry of the last authorisation.

(b) Application for a racecourse authorisation shall be made by the executive of the licensed racecourse concerned to the Authority and shall be in such form and contain such information as the Authority may decide.

(3) The Authority may where it has reasonable grounds to believe that an authorised racecourse is not complying with any term or condition of a racecourse authorisation revoke or suspend (for such period as it thinks fit) the authorisation.

(4) An authorised racecourse (within the meaning of the Act of 1945) in existence immediately before the establishment day shall on that day be deemed to be an authorised racecourse for a period of two years.

(5) The Authority may, as it sees fit, from time to time, attach new terms or conditions to a racecourse authorisation.

(6) (a) The Authority may require in the interests of the horseracing industry the executive of a racecourse which is not an authorised racecourse not to operate a racecourse.

(b) The executive concerned shall comply with a requirement made of it under this subsection.

Regulations in relation to executives of authorised racecourses.

60. —(1) The Authority may by regulations provide for requiring the executives of authorised racecourses to keep such information as may be prescribed and to furnish to the Authority such returns and information as may be prescribed.

(2) The executive of an authorised racecourse shall comply with any regulation made under subsection (1).

Broadcasting and filming rights.

61. —(1) Subject to subsection (3), where the executive of an authorised racecourse intends to enter into any contract or arrangement with any person in relation to the transmission or relaying of any broadcast, or the photographing, filming or sound recording for commercial purposes, of a race-fixture or any part thereof, that executive shall inform the Authority of such intention as soon as it is able and shall comply with any conditions that the Authority may specify within one month in relation to the proposed contract or arrangement.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), the property rights in relation to any broadcast of any part of a race-fixture or any photograph, film or sound recording taken or made for commercial purposes at a race-fixture shall vest in the executive of the authorised racecourse concerned.

(3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to any photograph, film or sound recording taken or made by the Racing Regulatory Body in the course of its functions at a race-fixture and anything so taken or made shall vest in the Racing Regulatory Body.

(4) In this section “broadcast” has the meaning assigned to it by the Broadcasting and Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1988 .

Exclusion of certain persons from racecourses.

62. —(1) The Authority or the Racing Regulatory Body, may exclude by notice (“an exclusion notice”) a person from being either—

(a) on any authorised racecourse, or

(b) on such authorised racecourse or racecourses as the Authority or, as the case may be, the Racing Regulatory Body may think fit and specify in the exclusion notice,

where it has reason to believe that the person is not a fit or proper person to be on such racecourse.

(2) The Authority or the Racing Regulatory Body, as the case may be, may by notice, revoke an exclusion notice made by it.

(3) Where the Authority or the Racing Regulatory Body makes a notice under this section it shall cause the notice to be delivered personally or sent by registered post to—

(a) the person to whom the notice applies, and,

(b) to the executive of each racecourse to which the notice relates.

(4) Where any person to whom an exclusion notice (which is in force) applies is found on any racecourse to which the notice relates, the executive of that racecourse may, with the assistance of a member of the Garda Síochána if it considers it necessary, have the person removed (by reasonable force if necessary) from the racecourse.

(5) Any person excluded from a racecourse by virtue of subsection (1) shall comply with the exclusion notice.