Jim Bolger is to be invited before an Irish parliamentary committee investigating claims of doping in the Irish horse racing industry, it has been confirmed.

Jim Bolger is to be invited before an Irish parliamentary committee investigating claims of doping in the Irish horse racing industry, it has been confirmed.
Agriculture Committee chairman Jackie Cahill said Bolgers claims in two Sunday Independent interviews with Paul Kimmage were doing serious reputational damage to the industry and that it was important they are either substantiated or put to bed.
The Fianna Fail TD for Tipperary confirmed that committee members had decided to ask Bolger and representatives of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, Horse Racing Ireland, the Department of Agriculture and the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association to discuss the matter on July 6.
Earlier this month, Bolger who this season has won the 2000 Guineas and the Irish equivalent with Poetic Flare and Mac Swiney respectively outlined his concerns about the possibility of doping within Irish racing in an interview with Paul Kimmage in the Sunday Independent.
It prompted the IHRB to underline its commitment to the highest standards of integrity within Irish racing and a zero-tolerance approach to doping.
Cahill told the PA news agency it is hugely important that the accusations are investigated given Irelands horse racing reputation.
Were seen as the world leaders in horse racing. For a small country our success is phenomenal, he said.
We really punch above our weight and for a lead trainer Jim Bolger to say that there would be a Lance Armstrong incident in Irish racing is extremely serious.
It just cant be ignored it must be dealt with.
He added: In my view he has to either confirm it or withdraw it. Its doing serious reputational damage.
Cahill said there is an obligation on the committee to investigate the claims.
The way we look at this is this issue either has to be substantiated or put to bed, he said.
You cant having a doping insinuation like that hanging over the industry.
Well see what Mr Bolger has to say and well listen to the various authorities and see where we go from there.
A spokesperson for the IHRB said on Tuesday: We would welcome the opportunity to meet with the deputies on the Oireachtas Committee and explain details of what we do in terms of equine anti-doping and our strategies as well as the advances that have been made in this area over the last number of years and more recently.