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Avril Doyle: IHRB 'concocted' a document after conversation with Denis Egan

Denis Egan: "I am sure everything will be fine."
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Avril Doyle told the High Court on Tuesday of a previously unreferenced telephone conversation she shared with Denis Egan, chief executive of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, shortly after her daughter Liz Doyle's contentious stable inspection in March 2014. 

According to Doyle, a former TD [member of parliament], it was in this conversation, which the court heard of for a first time on day 21 of the case involving the IHRB's head of security, Chris Gordon, who is suing the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association for defamation, that the regulator got the idea to make changes to one of the documents which was presented during the raid.

The Doyles maintain the document produced by Gordon on the morning of the stable inspection on March 26, and the one subsequently provided to them at Fairyhouse on April 6 by his deputy Declan Buckley, are completely different.

Moreover, Avril Doyle asserted that the changes, crucially the question mark beside her daughter’s name on the book of evidence, occurred off the back of the previously unmentioned telephone conversation with Egan.

“I thought, 'The chancers,’” Doyle told the court when asked what went through her mind when she became aware of a question mark, which she maintains was not on the book of evidence during the random stable investigation.

Doyle claims that, during that phone conversation with Egan, she suggested that, had there been a question mark on the document presented to her daughter on the morning of the raid, it would have been accepted. 

Because of that, she claims a second document was “concocted” by someone in what was then the Turf Club and presented to her daughter Liz at Fairyhouse on April 6 by Buckley, described in court as a “messenger boy”. 

Such evidence is not consistent with that of Buckley, who previously told the court that he made a copy of the document shown on the morning of the investigation from his own book of evidence before handing it to the trainer at Fairyhouse.

Continuing her evidence, where Doyle was remembering her thoughts on the “concocted” document, she said: “They are now trying to say that what I suggested to Denis Egan would have been acceptable was what they presented in the yard. Because, as I said to Liz, the whole issue of entrapment and that expression.”

Doyle added: “I was furious that two ambassadors for the Turf Club, senior security officers, retired long-standing Gardai, accompanied by Louis Reardon, had tried on in our yard. 

“We'd been looking for an apology; a simple apology about what happened in our yard, without elaborating, would have done years ago.”

Doyle went on to claim she soon realised that an apology wouldn’t be forthcoming as it would signify wrongdoing on behalf of the Turf Club. 

She claimed: “But it was becoming more apparent as to why that wasn't going to happen because any admission to our version as to what happened in our yard would have been very problematic at Turf Club level. So they couldn't apologise, they couldn't admit something wrong had been done.”

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They couldn't apologise, they couldn't admit something wrong had been done
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