Here's a telling quote from Charlie McCreevy, Minster for Finance, which makes it clear where his priorities lie: (source is http://archives.tcm.ie/kildarenationalist/2000/04/07/story6921.asp)
"The next logical step was to put racing's finances on a permanent footing. If that is not done, racing will be at the whim of the government of the day and, when the pressure comes for expenditure on things like health and education, racing will go down the political priority list."
So Racing is actually not just of equal but HIGHER priority to health and education? And oh, orrore, God forbid anybody might just think that it was a lower priority?
Make sure you vote against this dreadful government in the European elections this year.