Introduction On 19 February 2014, the Irish High Court ruled that a bookmaker operating at Dundalk racecourse did not have to pay an €8,000 capital contribution towards the redevelopment of the racecourse, under the “Pitch Rules”  applying to Dundalk racecourse. The dispute between the plaintiff, Mr Hyland, and the defendant racecourse raised issues of Irish constitutional law, the interpretation of the Pitch Rules, and competition law considerations. This article will focus mainly on the competition law elements of the case. The dispute arose out of the planned redevelopment of Dundalk racecourse into an all-weather race track, at a cost of €35m. Dundalk racecourse sought capital contributions of €8,000 from bookmakers towards the redevelopment, in return for the allocation of
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