O'Kennedy, Michael

Thursday, 21 June 1990

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 400 No. 3

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dairy Products.

Was asked: if he accepts that certain dairy spreads on the Irish market do not contain any butter fat despite the fact that the advertising of such spreads clearly implies that the ingredients contained in them ...More Button

I am aware that a number of dairy manufacturers are now marketing low fat spreads which do not have any butterfat content. However, Council Regulation 1898-87 on the protection of designations used i...More Button

As I indicated to the Deputy, I am aware that low fat products are being marketed which have no butter fat content. I also indicated to the Deputy that I have taken action to correct the position. I...More Button

I think the Deputy would find that dairy spreads are different to margarine. I can assure him that I will be as stringent in the future as I have been in the past and take whatever action may be nece...More Button

It has to be said the days of depression in the dairy industry were confined to the period when a previous Government were in office. There has been no depression since I became Minister for Agricultu...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ballybay (County Monaghan) Meat Plant Closure.

Was asked: the reason he has not released the report commissioned by him in relation to the collapse of Ballybay Meat Products Ltd., Ballybay, County Monaghan; if it is his intention to make the findings public;...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the steps he has taken to reopen the Ballybay Meats factory, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if, in relation to his comments at the opening of the Spring Show, he has received his Department's report on the closure of Ballybay Meats; if it is intended to publish this report; if he has met wit...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2, 34 and 55 together. I received a report from my Department and a report from the IDA last March in relation to those aspects of the Ballybay closure which come with...More Button

Let me correct the Deputy. We are not, as the Deputy has said, dealing with a liquidator but rather with a receiver who performs a different role. This is a matter for the receiver alone. I have no...More Button

The global figure will be made available but, as the Deputy is aware, it is the long-established practice, which has been followed by all Governments and adhered to by all Ministers, not to disclose t...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that no dangerous precedent will be set. The precedent was not set by me.More Button

I am following the established precedent.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Sugar Company.

Was asked: if he has received the report of the interdepartmental group on the future of the Irish Sugar Company; the membership of the group; the number of occasions on which it met; if he will outline its main...More Button

Was asked: if the Government intend to privatise the Irish Sugar Company in the near future; if he will give a guarantee that the sugar beet quota will be protected; if job levels will be maintained; and if pref...More Button

Was asked: if he has any plans for the privatisation of Comhlucht Siúicre Éireann.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 3, 4 and 70 together. The report of the ad hoc group set up to examine the options for the future development of Siúicre Éireann cpt. is at present under consideration...More Button

The matter is under consideration by the Government. The Deputy will appreciate that there are consultations involved with interests such as the trade unions and the Beet Growers' Association. A num...More Button

I have the greatest respect for farmer and trade union interests but that respect cannot extend to the elevation of one or other to the point where they take Government responsibility. The Deputy is ...More Button

I will have discussions with them.More Button

Contacts have been made with my colleague, the Minister for Labour, who is more regularly in contact with trade union interests at the highest level than I, with a view to an early discussion on this ...More Button

I do not have any control over the manner in which Deputy Connaughton chooses, in a very inaccurate and extraordinarily inappropriate way, to postulate that the whole thing will be taken over some mor...More Button

That is not what is proposed. The Minister for Labour, who is in regular contact, will make arrangements with the union interests to meet me and the Minister for Labour together. We recognise that th...More Button

Yes.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Namibian Meat Export Quotas.

Was asked: if, in the context of the Irish Presidency, he will call on the European Community to agree a minimum beef quota of 12,000 tonnes of Namibian imports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: in the context of the Irish Presidency of the EC, if he will outline the steps he is taking to ensure Namibia is given levy and duty free access to European Community markets for a given tonnage of sh...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 and 52 together.More Button

We recognise the importance to Namibia of their beef industry. For that reason we have been balanced and positive in our approach during the Presidency to the new concession.The Deputy will also reco...More Button

I am familiar with this because I renegotiated the second Lomé Convention and personally spearheaded the first breakthrought for beef from these countries, Swaziland and others, despite the fact that ...More Button

No, but the Deputy will also be aware that Namibia is one country. At the last count when I was involved there were 52 members of the ACP. There are probably many more now and once a procedure or p...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Beef Export Refund Scheme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the criticisms recently expressed by the EC Court of Auditors regarding the operation of the export refund scheme for beef, cereal and dairy products; if it is inten...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the criticisms recently expressed by the EC Court of Auditors regarding the operation of the export refund scheme for beef, cereal and dairy products; if it is inten...More Button

I propose to take Question Nos. 6 and 14 together. I am aware that Special Report No. 2/90 of the EC Court of Auditors on the operation of the export refund scheme for beef, cereals and dairy products...More Button

The Deputy will note from the reply that the report of the Courts of Auditors applied to control procedures in all countries. Therefore, please let the Deputy not try to give the impression that it a...More Button

I cannot with certainty say that never again, in the human condition, in this year or other, will there be any attempt by anybody to do what is irregular, but as far as is humanly possible and through...More Button

I said clearly that the procedures have already been corrected in so far as there were any shortcomings. In regard to the criticism of the Court of Auditors about allowing direct access to reports and...More Button

Every Irish company involved in exporting and drawing export refunds as a consequences of the European schemes are, as a matter of routine, subject to examination and scrutiny. If complaints of irreg...More Button

The Commission has its own responsibilities under the Treaties and the President of the Council does not have any role there. I can assure the Deputy that during our Presidency we have taken initiati...More Button

I am, because when this issue has been raised here and reported on in the newspapers the impression has been conveyed that the problem does not exist in any other country. No one on the other side of...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cancer Investigation.

Was asked: the present position regarding the investigation into the possible high level of certain cancers among research workers at Teagasc; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Greyhound Industry.

Was asked: the basis on which the budget allocation of £500,000 was made to the greyhound industry this year.More Button

As announced in the budget, a sum of £3.5 million to be provided in 1990 and in each of the next three years is intended to allow the Racing Board and Bord na gCon to accelerate their investment progr...More Button

If giving extra money over and above what was ever available from any Government is letting down the industry then I wonder what their reaction is to those who did not allocate any money to them over ...More Button

The Deputy will accept that while £500,000 may not go very far it is £500,000 more than the amount provided by his party when in Government. However, we are not talking about £500,000 but £2 million.More Button

I have introduced a provision that did not exist when the Deputy's party were in Government, special support under the rural development scheme for breeders and owners. That is evidence of our commitm...More Button

I will be meeting Bord na gCon next week to discuss the programme they have submitted to me. It is a matter for them to decide which tracks should remain open, which should be closed and which tracks ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Incidence of BSE.

Was asked: the progress which has been made with other EC countries in order to ensure a continuous market for meat and bone meal which is produced here having regard to the serious consequences this could have ...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the implications, if any, for the Irish beef industry of the new measures agreed by EC Ministers of Agriculture on 7 June, 1990, arising from concern about the incidence of BSE in t...More Button

Was asked: if he is concerned about the future of the rendering industry in Ireland; if he acknowledges that there are over 2,000 jobs at risk; and if he has any plans to help the industry.More Button

Was asked: the number of cases of BSE reported to date this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will outline his attitude to the desirability of developing a brand image for Irish beef and beef products, especially in view of the marketing difficulties for beef created by the spread of BSE...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 9, 19, 24, 43 and 63 together.More Button

There are no implications whatever in respect of Irish beef and the certification required will not apply to Ireland.More Button

I am and it is for that reason that I mentioned at home, and in consultation with my European colleagues, that I am anxious to ensure that we have a properly organised collection system for offals whi...More Button

There is no justification whatever for any interests in any country imposing a ban on meat and bonemeal from Ireland. Our produce is absolutely disease free. Of course, that does not prevent element...More Button

I recommend to the Deputy, who has used the term, “the scientific position”, that he use the appropriate term. If he finds bovine spongiform encephalopathy too big of a mouthful I suggest that he use...More Button

There was a suggestion at the all day and night meeting that there should be blanket provisions against the meat and bonemeal industry throughout the EC.More Button

As President of the Council I was able to ensure we resisted that on the basis that in countries where there is a properly controlled industry, such as in Ireland, there was no justification for such ...More Button

What does the Deputy want me to do?More Button

I am prepared not only to give such an assurance but am available to meet the renderers at a convenient time. Deputies know I have been engaged——More Button

Does the Deputy suggest I have been on holidays? I expect to be at home a little more now. We have a Council meeting next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but as soon as it is possible I will meet them...More Button

We increased the range of research into this disease about which there may be things we do not yet know. That was part of the agreement reached. The monitoring facilities in each country, particular...More Button

It is not acceptable under EC regulations to label under the national name. Distributors in various countries have their reasons for wanting to use the labels. In many countries there are Irish beef...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Super Levy System.

Was asked: if he will outline his views on a Commission proposal to reduce quota for dairy farmers as a mechanism to reduce butter stocks going into intervention; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am not aware of any such proposal from the Commission. The Commission is, however, to prepare a report for the Council on the operation of the super levy system and to make proposals on what form ...More Button

Modesty is not the characteristic of any politician and it is certainly not a characteristic of this one.More Button

When the Deputy says that I have failed to regulate the market he must recognise that not even I, with all my power, can regulate the market. The market regulates itself. As a result of policies pur...More Button

This is reflected in the household income survey just published which shows that for the first time on record family farm incomes are higher than urban incomes.More Button

I have never found it necessary to give guarantees about rumours which have no foundation.More Button

It is not. There is no proposal. It is nonsense for me to be asked to give guarantees about something which the Commission have not contemplated doing and about which I have no knowledge. I will no...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Food Industry Employees.

Was asked: if he will outline the number of people working in the research and development area of the food industry in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Milk Prices

Was asked: the reason for the fall in the price of milk and the measures he intends to introduce to help the survival of the small milk supplier due to the loss of income.More Button

Prices in international markets for dairy products improved significantly in 1988 and remained buoyant throughout most of 1989. The recovery of the world dairy market in 1988 and 1989 was a direct res...More Button

The Deputy raised many questions. The one in regard to imitation products is the substance of a separate question which I answered in detail earlier today. I have given examples of the special meas...More Button

If Deputy Deenihan wants to talk about the decline in the number of dairy farmers since 1983 I need not stress that I was not responsible in 1983, 1984, 1985 or 1986.More Button

I took up responsibility in 1987. Unfortunately, I cannot reverse all the trends of decline which took place between the years 1983 and 1987 but the Deputy can be assured that within all of that the ...More Button

That is not the case. In fact, the Deputy will know that the co-responsibility levy does not apply at all in disadvantaged areas——More Button

——as a consequence of our action last year when I made a specific request at the council meeting, which was acceded to. There is no co-responsibility levy in disadvantaged areas. I thought the Deput...More Button

I want to accept what the Deputy says——More Button

I will say it now and stress that all business conducted by private enterprise is voluntary. There is no rule in the world that says any Minister can tell private enterprise that they must do this or...More Button

The Deputy should not try to cloud the issue. What I am saying is that we got special exemptions and action by the Commission to support that sector of enterprise in relation to confectionery, ice cr...More Button

The first guarantee is the level of price that can be brought about through market intervention mechanisms and such like. That is the first guarantee which has been put in place. The second is by w...More Button

That is what I am saying. That is what Deputy Connaughton does not appear to understand. Action has been taken on a number of fronts, at my request, by the Commission in their independent management ...More Button

I might suggest to Deputy Stagg that he talk to Deputy Gay Mitchell, who in the next question suggests that I might curb the increase in the volume of butter being sold into intervention.Would Deputie...More Button

Written Answers. - Dairy Products Stock Levels.

Was asked: the action he intends to take to curb the increase in the volume of butter being sold into intervention; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the volume of butter used in the baking and ice-cream industries could be increased from 200,000 tonnes to 300,000 tonnes.More Button

Was asked: if he intends, at EC or national level, to initiate measures to reduce intervention stocks of butter and skim milk powders; if he will indicate his proposals in this regard; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: if he has any proposals, as President of the EC Council of Agriculture Ministers, to put pressure on the EC Commission to increase export refunds for the export of dairy produce; and if he will make a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13, 30, 46 and 62 together. As a result of the downturn in commodity prices on the world dairy market since late autumn 1989, the EC Commission reintroduced interventi...More Button

Written Answers. - Agri-tourism Scheme.

Was asked: the number of applications for grant aid to the agri-tourism scheme; the number of applications approved under the scheme; the total amount of grants approved at the latest available date; and if he w...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy as regards the agri-tourism scheme under the western package is as follows: Number of applications received, 41; Number of applications approved, 26. The total amo...More Button

Written Answers. - Organic Farming.

Was asked: if he will consider providing special grants to encourage the promotion of organic farming.More Button

Was asked: if he has received a submission from the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association; the steps he intends to take to encourage this type of farming, in light of the increasing demand for organicall...More Button

Was asked: the steps he is taking to encourage and enhance the organic horticulture and livestock sector; the grants, subsidies and programmes he will introduce to encourage conventional farmers to convert to or...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 16, 50 and 53 together. I have received a copy of a discussion paper outlining the present status and potential of organic production in Ireland from the Irish Organic...More Button

Written Answers. - Headage Payments.

Was asked: if he intends to extend headage payments to outside disadvantaged areas in order to improve low farm incomes in the beef and sheep sectors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The EC suckler cow premium, special beef premium and ewe premium schemes operate both inside and outside the disadvantaged areas and to that extent headage payments are already being made outside the ...More Button

Written Answers. - GATT Negotiations.

Was asked: if it is his intention, in the context of the GATT negotiations, to put forward proposals aimed at reducing the import level of cheap food substitutes to Europe from the US and elsewhere with a view t...More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the GATT negotiations which are taking place at present.More Button

Was asked: the plans he has, during Ireland's Presidency of the EC, to protect the interests of EC farmers in the context of the GATT negotiations.More Button

Was asked: if he supports the US position in the GATT talks of phasing out food price support mechanisms in order to make greater resources available to supplement smallholders and developing farmers directly an...More Button

Was asked: if he believes that Irish agricultural interests can be adequately protected during the GATT negotiations by the European Commission.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious concern of farmers concerning the on-going discussions between the US and the EC on GATT; the steps he will take to counteract this serious threat; and i...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 18, 39, 48, 56, 59 and 79 together. On taking over the Presidency of the Agriculture Council last January, I made it clear that I considered the GATT round of trade ne...More Button

Written Answers. - EC Export Refunds Claims Case.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to reports concerning a settlement of a legal dispute with a company (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will make a settlement concerning the recent settlement with a company (details supplied) in County Waterford.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to reports (details supplied) in relation to EC exports refunds to a company (details supplied); if he has carried out an investigation into this matter; and if he will...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 20, 26 and 33 together. The case referred to related to counterclaims brought by me against two companies which had secured in 1988 High Court Orders ordering payment ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payment.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the processing of a European Community young farmers' grant for a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Because of the detailed examination required to comply with the relevant EC regulation the determination of eligibility for the young farmers installation premium is inevitably a lengthy and complex p...More Button

Written Answers. - Agri-Food Sector Development.

Was asked: if he will outline the steps that have been taken to implement the commitment given in the Programme for Government to increase the effectiveness of the agri-food sector to enable it to reach its maxi...More Button

The commitment to increase the effectiveness of the agri-food sector is being implemented through the five year strategy “A Future in Food” drawn up by the IDA in consultation with my Department in 1...More Button

Written Answers. - Bovine TB Eradication.

Was asked: in relation to the 43,385 bovine animals found to be TB reactors in the national herd in the period from 1 January 1989 to 31 December 1989, if he will outline (a) the number of those animals slaughte...More Button

I understand from the director of ERAD that under the national reactor collection service all reactors disclosed are collected and slaughtered within one week. Of the 43,385 reactors disclosed in 1989...More Button

Written Answers. - Agricultural-Rural Migration.

Was asked: the measures, if any, he proposes to implement in order to halt and reverse the current trend of agricultural/rural migration.More Button

The principal cause of agricultural-rural migration is the decline in the agricultural labour force, a decline which has continued through many decades. Over the past four years there was a drop of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Castleblayney (Monaghan) Rabbitmeat Plant.

Was asked: the reason a rabbit factory ceased production in Castleblayney, County Monaghan; the type of project evaluation which was carried out by the IDA; the amount of grant paid; and the amount of the grant ...More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken to reopen the Castleblayney Meats factory, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 28 together. The question of reopening this rabbitmeat slaughtering premises is primarily a commercial matter. However, all rabbitmeat exporting plants in the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Beef Support Payments.

Was asked: the reason all EC beef support payments are not paid directly to cattle producers, rather than the present system of payments to the meat factories.More Button

The EC common organisation of the beef market, which is determined by the Council of Ministers, comprises of direct payments to producers and market support measures. The suckler cow and special male ...More Button

Written Answers. - Excess Milk Levy.

Was asked: if he will outline the implications of the EC super-levy for excess milk throughput for co-operatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the quota system a super levy is payable by a co-operative or dairy on the quantity of milk purchased by them in excess of their quotas. As a result of a recent decision by the EC Council of A...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Installation Aid

Was asked: if he will amend the regulations and requirements which apply to the granting of installation aid to young farmers in order to ensure that when a farmer is handing over his farm which includes an inte...More Button

This matter will be considered in the review of the scheme which is due to take place following the amendment of the relevant EC Directive.More Button

Written Answers. - Knackeries Regulations.

Was asked: when he will introduce regulations under the Abattoirs Act, 1989, for the control and operation of knackeries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Commencement of those provisions of the Abattoirs Act, 1988, which relate to knackeries is being deferred pending the outcome of current EC discussions in relation to harmonised rules for the disposal...More Button

Written Answers. - Refrigerated Tank Grants.

Was asked: if he will make representations to the European Commission to have the special grants for refrigerated tanks restored in view of the hardship that is being caused to a large number of small farmers in...More Button

In the years 1978 to 1986, EC grant aid for the purchase of on-farm milk cooling equipment was available to improve the quality of milk delivered within the Community. The grants were funded from the...More Button

Written Answers. - Milk Price Reduction.

Was asked: if, in relation to the recent reduction in the producer milk price in the liquid milk areas, an equivalent reduction will take place in the consumer price of milk, and if not, the reason.More Button

Was asked: whether the drop in agricultural prices, particularly in the milk area, has been reflected in the prices being charged to the consumer in retail sales outlets; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on recent reports indicating that milk suppliers were experiencing for some time consistent price reductions which are in the region of 10 per cent over the past three mont...More Button

Was asked: the reason the reduction in milk prices to producers of more than 15p per gallon has not been passed on to the consumer; and if he will ensure that the full benefit is passed on to the consumer.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 37, 42, 65 and 78 together. The price reduction to the producer supplying milk for liquid milk is 12p per gallon. This reduction has been reflected in an equivalent r...More Button

Written Answers. - Meat Industry Irregularities.

Was asked: the present position regarding consultations with the European Commission to discuss the outcome of sampling operations in relation to irregularities in the meat industry and the possible level of pen...More Button

Since 14 February there have been a number of discussions between my Department and the Commission services. The matters under discussion centre on the implementation of complex regulatory provisions...More Button

Written Answers. - ERAD Herd Tests.

Was asked: if he will outline the reason for contradictory conclusions arrived at by ERAD in relation to herd tests carried out on a farm (details supplied) in County Galway in September, 1988 and November, 1988...More Button

I am informed by the Director of ERAD that in this case two standard inconclusives were identified at a herd test, in September 1988. As a previous test, in June 1988, had revealed evidence of infect...More Button

Written Answers. - EC Export Refunds.

Was asked: if he will make representations to the European Commission to have the level of export refunds increased to the 1988 levels to compensate for falling world market prices.More Button

The levels of export refunds are kept under constant review by the EC Commission in consultation with the various management committees comprising representatives of the member states. The levels of ...More Button

Written Answers. - County Waterford Bovine TB Outbreak.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the high incidence of bovine TB in the Dunhill area of County Waterford; and the measures which are being taken to deal with the problem.More Button

I am aware of the extent of bovine tuberculosis in the Dunhill area of County Waterford. I am informed by the Director of ERAD that the herdowners in that area whose herds are restricted are being adv...More Button

Written Answers. - Butter Consumption.

Was asked: if he will outline the initiatives he intends to take to arrest the fall in butter consumption; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The dramatic decline in butter consumption in Ireland, in particular since the introduction of spreads onto the yellowfat market in 1985, can be attributed to the general trend towards lower fat cons...More Button

Written Answers. - Agricultural Advisers.

Was asked: if he will outline the number of agricultural advisers on outdoor activities advising farmers throughout the country; the way which this figure compares with the numbers working in this area in 1986; ...More Button

This is an internal matter for Teagasc but I am informed that the number of advisers engaged in field work now is 365 compared to 552 in 1986. Teagasc is reasonably satisfied with the present numbers ...More Button

Written Answers. - Meat Industry Job Creation.

Was asked: if he will outline the progress that has been made in meeting the job creation targets for the beef industry, pig processing and sheep sectors as contained in the Programme for National Recovery; and ...More Button

The Programme for National Recovery provides for the creation of 1,000 new jobs each in the beef and pigmeat sectors and 200 new jobs in the sheepmeat sector. Up to the end of 1989 it is estimated th...More Button

Written Answers. - Land Reclamation Aid.

Was asked: the reason the programme for western development operating in disadvantaged areas has been abandoned through the termination of dry land grants under the scheme from 2 May, 1990; and the reason farmer...More Button

As the western package, under which aid is provided for land reclamation, is due to expire early next year, arrangements are now being made to phase it out. In this connection it had been decided to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Artificial Insemination.

Was asked: if he has any plans to introduce a scheme to allow farmers use DIY artificial insemination; if he plans introducing the right to choice in respect of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

DIY artificial insemination has been permitted in this country since 1984 under conditions specified by my Department. Some 1,100 people are currently licensed for this purpose. No restrictions are ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cereal Stabiliser Mechanism.

Was asked: if he will outline the action he proposes to take, as President of the EC Agricultural Council, to ensure that the examination of the present cereals stabiliser mechanism promised as part of the 1990-...More Button

As part of this year's agreement on agricultural prices, the Council of Ministers invited the Commission to study the way in which the stabilisers regime has been implemented and to evaluate the resul...More Button

Written Answers. - Third World Voluntary Work.

Was asked: whether staff in his Department can take voluntary work in the Third World without loss of income or seniority; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department endeavours to facilitate any member of staff wishing to do voluntary work in the Third World by granting leave of absence where this can be done without seriously interrupting the work o...More Button

Written Answers. - Longford Land Allocation.

Was asked: if he will outline the proposals by the Land Commission regarding the allocation of lands at (a) Heeney Estate, Lisanum, Edgeworthstown, County Longford and (b) the Green Estate, Barna, Edgeworthstown...More Button

It is hoped to have these lands divided inside the next few weeks. Account will of course be taken of the needs of local small holders.More Button

Written Answers. - Undivided Commonages.

Was asked: if he will outline the number of undivided commonages in the country; the total acreage involved; the measures being taken to encourage division; the success to date of such measures; and his views on...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the Government's position on the division of commonages; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 76 together. It is the policy of the Government to encourage the division of commonages in the interests of better farm structure. To this end the services of ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Agriculture Aids in EC.

Was asked: if he will outline the controls that exist within the EC on state aid by member Governments to their domestic agricultural sectors; and if any figures are available on (a) the accumulated cost of such...More Button

The controls which apply to the grant of national aid by member states of the EC to their domestic agricultural sectors are set out in Articles 92 and 93 of the EEC Treaty. The statistical data reque...More Button

Written Answers. - Dairy Co-operatives.

Was asked: the number of dairy co-operatives in Ireland; whether he favours mergers and amalgamations; and the steps he is taking to encourage same.More Button

There are at present some 39 plants licensed to process milk in Ireland, although over 50 per cent of the milk is handled by the six largest processors. The moves currently taking place in the dairy ...More Button

Written Answers. - Processing Facilities Development.

Was asked: in view of his replies to Parliamentary Questions on 24 June 1987, regarding plans by Goodman International Limited for the development of existing processing facilities at Waterford, Dublin, Muine Bh...More Button

Work has not yet commenced on these projects and no grants have been paid in respect of them.More Button

Written Answers. - Agricultural Supply and Price Disciplines.

Was asked: if he will give an assurance that the European Commission will enter into negotiations with the United States and New Zealand to ensure that these countries stabilise their milk output, while there is...More Button

Discussions on the future arrangements for agricultural supports and supply and price disciplines are currently taking place in the context of the Uruguay round of GATT negotiations in which the Unite...More Button

Written Answers. - Tuam Engineering Plant.

Was asked: if Comhlucht Siúicre Éireann has been endeavouring to attract a business partner for its engineering plant in Tuam, County Galway; if so, the progress which has been made; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Siúicre Éireann cpt is at present endeavouring to attract a suitable business partner for its engineering plant at Tuam. Discussions are in progress with a number of established firms. I am not as y...More Button

Written Answers. - EC Directive on Farm Land.

Was asked: if he will outline the criteria for use of the appropriate EC directive whereby farmers are paid an allowance to leave ground fallow or without change of use; the areas in Ireland where this directive...More Button

The scheme for the implementation of the relevant EC Directive provides for payment of a premium of £75 per acre each year for five years for eligible land set-aside for non agricultural uses, left fa...More Button

Written Answers. - Agri-Tourism Grant Scheme.

Was asked: when the recently announced agri-tourism grant scheme, to cover the whole country, will commence, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes to review agri-tourism in view of the limited benefits for the provision of bed and breakfast and guest house accommodation.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 81 together. An agri-tourism scheme covering the entire country will be included in the operational programme for rural development which will be submitted to t...More Button

Written Answers. - County Cork Herd Number.

Was asked: when a separate herd number will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

I am informed by the director of ERAD that the person concerned has been farming a holding with his brother for a number of years under a jointly allocated herdnumber. A herdnumber can only be allocat...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when an installation grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I expect that it will be possible to determine this application shortly. If the applicant is found to be eligible payment will be made as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: when an installation aid grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I expect that it will be possible to determine this application shortly. If the applicant is found to be eligible payment will be made as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - County Tipperary Milk Quota Allocation.

Was asked: if an additional milk quota was allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In accordance with the arrangements for Mulder producers a milk quota was provisionally allocated to the person named.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when an installation aid grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no record of an application from the person mentioned under the scheme of installation aid for young farmers.More Button

Written Answers. - County Tipperary Milk Quota Allocation.

Was asked: when an additional milk quota will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the person named has a quota in excess of 12,800 gallons he was not eligible to benefit from the recent allocations out of the 1 per cent reserve. Therefore the only way in which he can acquire add...More Button

Was asked: when an additional milk quota will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary having regard to the fact that the herd in question suffered from leptinprosis in the base year for q...More Button

Was asked: if, as a result of the quota appeals tribunal, a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary will receive an additional quota under the disease heading; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: when additional milk quota will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 88, 90 and 92 together. I have arranged for the cases of the persons named to be referred to the milk quota appeals tribunal which I recently established with a view t...More Button

Was asked: when an additional milk quota will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named was unsuccessful in the ballot that was held for the allocation of quotas from the 1 per cent reserve for the young farmer category.More Button

Was asked: when an additional milk quota will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when an additional milk quota will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Question Nos. 91 and 93 together. Additional quotas were allocated to the persons named from the 1 per cent reserve under the small scale producer category.More Button

Written Answers. - National Milk Agency.

Was asked: if he intends to set up a national milk agency; if so, when; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I intend to arrange for the introduction of the legislation setting up the National Milk Agency in the Dáil and Seanad as soon as possible.More Button


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