Paddy Power and BoyleSports both announced on Monday they would be voluntarily closing down their shops
The struggling layers want the racecourse to cut them some slack in the face of declining turnover
"An essential and integral part of the fabric of going racing is the betting ring"
Long-serving secretary and former chairman will continue to stand at Leinster racecourses
Both the racecourse and the bookmakers have to pay around €1 million each
The bookmakers may have to pay the vast majority of this sum having lost an important court case this week
No shelter from the elements for the layers as dispute over pitch rules rumbles on
Ireland's biggest on-course bookie says the licensing laws are too restrictive
Well-known racegoer Liam Heron laments the demise of the betting ring banter
Bookies face nervous wait on costs before final ruling on February 20th
Daragh Ó Conchúir talks to the honorary secretary of the Irish National Bookmakers Association, Francis Hyland who believes in a healthy racing industry and a public that is well catered for
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