Thursday, 28 May 1992
Dáil Éireann Debate
49. Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if, in relation to S.I. No. 89 of 1992, which comes into effect on 1 June 1992, and places responsibilities on local authorities, he has had discussions with the Minister for the Environment about the financial burden on local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The Regulations under the Abattoirs Act, 1988 which come into force on 1 June introduce full ante and postmortem examination and stamping of meat for the domestic market and the payment of veterinary inspection fees to local authorities in respect of animals slaughtered.
At the time of introduction of the Act it was recognised that in the case of some local authorities the receipts from veterinary inspection fees might not be sufficient to cover the cost of employment of a whole-time veterinary inspector as prescribed.  A provision is included in the Act for the sharing of a veterinary inspector's services between two local authorities. No discussions have taken place with the Minister for the Environment on the matter.
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