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Agriculture Committee Hears Calls For Disbandment Of Kildare Based IHRB.

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The committee is investigating claims that there are doping issues in Irish racing and that it faces a "Lance Armstrong moment".

The Curragh based Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board hasfaced calls for it to be disbanded at an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee hearing.

The hearing, the first of three on the matter, is investigating claims made by trainer Jim Bolger that there aredoping issues in Irish racing and that it faces a "Lance Armstrong moment".

Bolger declined an invitation to appear at the meeting on legal advice.

Independent T-D Michael Collins called for the I-H-R-B to be dismantled and replaced by a new independent body to police the sport.

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive, Brian Kavanagh, said all winners in Ireland are currently tested and that out-of-competition testing has been increased.

Fianna Fáil TD, Jackie Cahill, is chair of the Agriculture Committee.

He joined Clem Ryan on Friday's edition of Kildare Today.

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