Joan Bateman, Traditional Irish Horse Association, Thornberry House, Curraghchase, Adare, Co Limerick.

Madam, I would like to thank and compliment Minister Simon Coveney, Professor Pat Wall, HSI, the RDS, Teagasc and Ms Mairead McGuinness for participating in and organising the series of open meetings in relation to the sport horse sector. No doubt there is a long road ahead of the industry, but the positive and inclusive approach they have adopted has to be applauded. The professional manner in which these meetings have been organised is, in my opinion, refreshing and reassuring.