Pen­sion ben­e­fits will ap­ply to North

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS - BRIAN O’CON­NOR

Rac­ing’s new pen­sion scheme for full-time sta­ble staff has been fi­nalised with pro­vi­sion made for ben­e­fits to be ap­plied sim­i­larly through­out the is­land of Ire­land.

Horse Rac­ing Ire­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Ka­vanagh has moved to ease fears ex­pressed by some train­ers in the north that the rel­a­tively small num­ber of per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees there would be dis­ad­van­taged com­pared to their south­ern col­leagues by be­ing in a sep­a­rate ju­ris­dic­tion.

“Un­der the plan, pro­vi­sion is there to treat sta­ble staff in North­ern Ire­land equal but sep­a­rate due to the leg­isla­tive dif­fer­ences between the two ju­ris­dic­tions,” said Ka­vanagh.

“As I un­der­stand it a full-time sta­ble staff mem­ber in the North will be no less well off than a full-time sta­ble staff mem­ber here. But the way they re­ceive money in the North is dif­fer­ent to here.

“A strong ef­fort has been made to ad­dress the prac­ti­cal is­sue of how North­ern Ire­land full-time staff are treated and as I un­der­stand it they are not go­ing to be treated any less equally,” the HRI boss added.

Road­shows

The new pen­sion scheme which re­places a plan wound up in 2010 will be ad­min­is­tered by a com­mit­tee made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from HRI, the Turf Club, the train­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion and the sta­ble staff as­so­ci­a­tion. It will be chaired by HRI’s for­mer chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, Mar­garet Davin.

Road­shows il­lus­trat­ing de­tails of the new plan are planned for later this month with one sched­uled to take place in Newry’s Canal Court Ho­tel on Thurs­day week.

Ka­vanagh ex­plained the scheme is non-con­trib­u­tory and will be funded from money taken from train­ers’ per­cent­age of prize­money. That money is taken from all prize­money won by train­ers, re­gard­less of where they come from. The ad­min­is­tra­tion and reg­u­la­tion of rac­ing in Ire­land is car­ried out on a 32 county ba­sis. How­ever some train­ers in the north have threat­ened to split from the Ir­ish Race­horse Train­ers As­so­ci­a­tion due to un­hap­pi­ness at how their con­cerns about the pen­sions is­sue gen­er­ally have been ad­dressed.

HRI chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Ka­vanagh says ben­e­fits will ap­ply equally

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