Yates, Ivan

Tuesday, 25 March 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 476 No. 7

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Written Answers. - Control of Wandering Horses.

Was asked: if he will request the Garda to arrange with the appropriate authorities to remove a pony from the open space in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 10 where it is being abused nightly by a gang of y...More Button

While I do not have a function in relation to specific instances such as this I nonetheless have had my Department contact the appropriate Garda station and the DSPCA. Neither had received any report ...More Button

Written Answers. - Mobile Phones.

Was asked: the total cost of mobile telephones and their use for the year ending 1996 for personnel working in his Department; and the estimated costs for 1997.More Button

Was asked: the number of personnel working in his office on a non-established basis; and the number of such personnel who have unlimited use of mobile telephones which are charged to or reimbursed by his Departm...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 370 and 397 together. The total cost for mobile phones in my Department for 1996 was £62,361. The estimated cost for 1997 is approximately £75,000. Mobile phones are...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made to pay the balance of cattle and sheep grants for 1996 to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will give the reason for the delay in making these pa...More Button

The person named submitted applications under the 1996 sheep headage, cattle headage, suckler cow and ewe premium schemes. He has been paid in full under all schemes in accordance with the acreage res...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Duties.

Was asked: his official duties, if any, on St. Patrick's Day; the official duties, if any, of the Minister of State at his Department; if so, the duration of his duties and his visit; the number of people in his...More Button

I spent St. Patrick's Day in Wexford where I attended the review of two parades — Enniscorthy and New Ross. I travelled to Brussels later that evening to attend a Council of Ministers' meeting. The Mi...More Button

Written Answers. - Project Funding.

Was asked: whether a decision has been made on an application (details supplied) in County Donegal for funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Provisional approval of funding for the project in question was conveyed to the applicants on 12 February 1997. Proposals for minor amendments to the project which were subsequently submitted are bei...More Button

Written Answers. - Forest Park Transfer.

Was asked: if he will have Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, County Roscommon, transferred from Coillte Teoranta to the National Parks Division of the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.More Button

The forest property at Lough Key was vested in Coillte Teoranta under the provisions of the Forestry Act, 1988, as part of the total forest estate previously managed directly by the State. This decis...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments.

Was asked: the appointments made by him to State boards and State agencies under the aegis of his Department since he took office.More Button

There are eight State agencies under the aegis of my Department. Details for those to which I have made appointments to the board are as follows: An Bord Glas Mr. Michael Murphy Mr. John Barry Mr. Ja...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Staff.

Was asked: the persons appointed by him or by the Minister of State at his Department as programme managers, advisers, assistants or back-up staff, either in his Department or in constituency offices; the annual...More Button

The Deputy has omitted a date or period for which the question can be addressed. In the absence of such information I would direct the Deputy to Question No. 244 of 19 December 1996 in which estimate...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Funding.

Was asked: the EU funding received by his Department in 1996; the funding which it expects to receive in 1997; and the relevant funds and budget lines under which such funding is received.More Button

In 1996 the total EU funding received by my Department amounted to £1,518.9 million. A breakdown of the funding received together with an estimate of the projected EU receipts for 1997, is given in t...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Support Framework.

Was asked: if there are elements of positive discrimination exercised by his Department towards particular areas in view of the fact that areas of rural Ireland contribute substantially to our current Objective ...More Button

The position is that under the present round of Structural Funds, the whole of Ireland is classified as an Objective One region. This classification results in an EU contribution of up to 75 per cent ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made to pay a forestry grant for trees planted in 1989 to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

An application form has been issued to the person in question to enable a claim to be made for payment of a forestry compensatory allowance in respect of the current year. Upon receipt of the complet...More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Carcases Disposal.

Was asked: if he will allow kennels to install their own incinerator facilities in order to destroy the required parts of carcases as required under the regulations of his Department; and if he will make a state...More Button

Under the European Communities (Knackery) Regulations, 1996, knackery premises must be licensed and registered by my Department. Under the definition in the regulation a knackery includes “kennels whe...More Button

Written Answers. - Porcine Disease.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 33 cases of blue ear, a respiratory disease in sows, have been reported in Northern Ireland; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that t...More Button

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), more commonly known as “blue ear”, is a condition which affects pigs and has no known implications for human health. It is highly contagious with...More Button

Written Answers. - Slurry Spraying.

Was asked: the controls, if any, currently in place to prevent farmers spraying slurry close to people's homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The controls applicable to landspreading of wastes, including slurry spraying, are those put in place by the Minister for the Environment to prevent pollution. The legislation which applies are the W...More Button

Written Answers. - Land Allocation.

Was asked: if he will expedite the decision on an application to acquire shares by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

According to records available in my Department, the Land Commission does not appear to have any lands on hands for allocation in the townland referred to in the Deputy's question.More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: whether there will be an advertising campaign in the near future to ascertain the level of interest in REP scheme planning and training courses; and if he will make a statement on the possible timesca...More Button

My Department holds REPS appreciation courses for suitably qualified persons wishing to be appointed as approved REPS planners, as and when required. Interested parties are notified in good time. Th...More Button

Written Answers. - Beef Exports.

Was asked: the current position in regard to the Egyptian market in view of the visit of the veterinary delegation in January; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Agreement was reached with the Egyptian authorities last week on a revised veterinary certificate to accompany beef from Ireland to Egypt, thus ensuring the continuation of the beef trade. Given that...More Button

Was asked: the current position in relation to live and carcase exports; and if he will make a statement on the efforts, if any, being made to develop further markets.More Button

The level of exports of live cattle up to 9 March 1997 was 10,748, of which 4,831 were exported outside the EU and 5,917 to EU markets. This compares with 36,941 and 6,540 cattle to those markets, res...More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Location File.

Was asked: the current position in relation to the animal location file; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

During February a computer facility known as the animal location file (ALF) was made available to the Department's veterinary control and certification staff throughout the country. ALF is stored in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Calf Processing Scheme.

Was asked: the current position in relation to the EU calf processing aid scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Measures adopted by the Council of Agriculture Ministers in October 1996 obliged member states to introduce an early marketing premium scheme for veal calves or the calf processing scheme. As Ireland...More Button

Written Answers. - Cattle Headage Premium.

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding a person (details supplied) in County Cork who has appealed a decision to refuse payment of a 1996 cattle headage premium.More Button

This appeal is now being considered by the headage and premia appeal unit. It is expected that the matter will be finalised within the next two weeks. The herdowner will be notified of the outcome.More Button

Written Answers. - Pollution Control Scheme.

Was asked: when he will introduce a scheme of grant-aid for building slatted sheds under the control of farmyard pollution scheme; if applicants for the REP scheme will be given priority for the grants for slatt...More Button

As indicated in Partnership 2000, it is the Government's intention to give priority to reintroduction of the control of farm pollution scheme if additional funds become available at the mid-term revie...More Button

Written Answers. - Milk Quotas.

Was asked: the provision, if any, he is making to pay compensation to the 300 farmers not involved in the recent High Court case in relation to milk quotas which was taken by approximately 100 farmers.More Button

The case referred to relates to a number of named producers and is still subject to further litigation in the High Court. No provision otherwise has been made in this respect.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made to pay the 1996 equine headage grant to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The application for equine headage grant submitted by the person named is being processed at present and payment will issue very shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Numbers of Herdowners.

Was asked: the number of herd owners in Connemara, west of the Corrib and Galway city, County Galway.More Button

The total number of persons who are allocated herd numbers by my Department in County Galway, west of the Corrib and Galway city, including the Aran Islands and Inisbofin is 3,676.More Button

Written Answers. - Milk Prices.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious reduction in milk prices to farmers; the plans, if any, he has to reverse the current trend; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The price paid to milk producers for their milk is essentially a commercial matter between themselves and their milk purchasers. While the price for butter and SMP is supported under the EU common org...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will reconsider decisions to disallow payments to farmers under area aid, headage and premium schemes where genuine clerical errors are the cause; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position is that when dealing with applications from farmers under the various EU headage and premia schemes my Department may only implement the degree of flexibility which is allowed under the E...More Button


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