Walsh, Joe

Tuesday, 27 March 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 533 No. 3

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Written Answers. - Farmer Numbers.

Was asked: the estimated number of full and part-time farmers in each of the past years 1980, 1999 and 2000; if a downward trend is a cause for concern; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - District Veterinary Offices.

Was asked: if he has made a decision to establish a district veterinary office in County Leitrim; and when he expects the office to open.More Button

The facilities at the Department's Sligo office are not adequate and the question of establishing an office in County Leitrim is under active consideration.More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: the reason the farm retirement pension of a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim has been reduced.More Button

The person named entered the scheme of early retirement from farming is in joint management with his wife. The regulation under which the scheme was introduced requires that the pension payable under...More Button

Written Answers. - Bovine Disease Controls.

Was asked: if animals sold into the culling scheme to a company (details supplied) in County Kildare are being removed from the factory where they are being weighed; if this practice should not be allowed by his...More Button

Animals accepted into the purchase for destruction, PFD, scheme are usually slaughtered on the day of acceptance unless in exceptional circumstances where operational considerations or further examina...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cork who has a brucellosis outbreak in his herd is entitled to a financial hardship grant.More Button

An application for a hardship grant was received from the person concerned in the district veterinary office on 12 March 2001. The 2000-01 hardship grant eligibility period expires on 30 April 2001. I...More Button

Was asked: if he will make compensation under the hardship fund available to a person (details supplied) in County Cork whose herd has suffered from a disease problem and was locked up for a period of time.More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that a REP scheme payment is released for a person (details supplied) in County Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named has been approved for payment and a cheque will issue within the next 10 days.More Button

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 1 March 2001, he has received a person's (details supplied) appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

To date, the headage and premia appeals unit has not received an appeal from this herdowner.More Button

Written Answers. - Herd Depopulation.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 180 of 27 February 2001, he will indicate when the herd of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will be depopulated; if he will receive compensation fo...More Button

I understand that the herd in question was collected yesterday and is being slaughtered today, 27 March 2001. An initial payment was made to the person concerned on the 2 February, 2001, and the final...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if an area aid application for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was mislaid within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As stated in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 110 of 13 February 2001, I am satisfied that an area aid application in respect of the person named was not mislaid by or within my Department. No a...More Button

Written Answers. - Turbary Rights.

Was asked: if he will intervene on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo and ensure that he is allocated turbary rights in the estate in question; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The bogland in question is being disposed of under the terms of section 8 of the Irish Land Commission Dissolution Act, 1992. Under the terms of this section an advertisement was placed in the local n...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the headage payment of a persons (details supplied) in view of the fact that all documentation has been submitted in relation to his suckler quota; and if he will make a...More Button

Written Answers. - Knackery Industry.

Was asked: if, further to his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 121 of 7 March 2000, he will outline the knackeries currently licensed under the European Communities (Knackery) Regulation, 1996; and if he will...More Button

There are currently 46 knackeries licensed by my Department under the European Communities (Knackery) Regulations, 1996. My Department maintains a register of all licensed knackeries and the following...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will receive headage payment and other livestock related payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

One of the parcels claimed by the person named in his 2000 area aid application overlapped with a parcel of land claimed by another applicant. The person named was contacted in this regard and in his...More Button

Written Answers. - Western Development Commission.

Was asked: if there is a shortage of staff in the office of the Western Development Commission; if the commission has made an application for extra funding to recruit additional staff; and if he will make a stat...More Button

In line with the practice in non-commercial State bodies, my consent and the consent of the Minister for Finance are required in relation to the remuneration and numbers of staff employed by the Weste...More Button

Written Answers. - Leader Programmes.

Was asked: the time-scale for the introduction of the national rural development Leader programme and the Leader+ operational programme; the reason for the long delay in its introduction; the effect the delay ha...More Button

The EU Leader+ draft operational programme was submitted by my Department to the European Commission in November last in accordance with the Commission's guidelines. Under the approval procedure, the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Bovine Deaths.

Was asked: the reporting procedures required by his Department when cattle deaths are reported to the local district veterinary office; if he has satisfied himself that adequate post-mortem analysis is carried o...More Button

When an animal dies on a farm, the owner must notify the Department's CMMS office in Bandon to ensure the death is recorded. As regards the disposal of the carcase, the owner must avail of the service...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a ten months special beef premium cannot be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Galway in view of the fact that a proposed inspection could not be carried out because of the foot ...More Button

An application for special beef premium in respect of seven animals was received by my Department from the person named on 24 November, 2000. Of the seven animals, only two were eligible for special b...More Button

Written Answers. - Abattoirs and Traceability.

Was asked: if he has received a submission from the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland entitled "Food for the Future"; his views on the proposals contained therein, particularly the proposal not to close any m...More Button

Was asked: the grant aid available to butchers to upgrade small abattoirs for their own use or for a low volume of slaughtering; his views on whether the traceability of meat by the consumer can be best achieved...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 146 and 152 together. I received the submission to which the Deputy refers and it is currently being examined within my Department.More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that early retirement scheme applicants cannot finalise and submit their applications due to the current restrictions on the sale and movement of livestock ...More Button

My Department will look sympathetically at individual cases where the application for pension is otherwise in order and where, because of the applicant's age, the period of the pension would be reduce...More Button

Written Answers. - BSE Compensation Costs.

Was asked: the cost to the State for each case of BSE detected; if he will break down the cost for each case under each of the headings: compensation to farmers, cost of slaughter, cost of disposal, veterinary c...More Button

The information is not readily available in the format requested by the Deputy. However, compensation at current market value is paid in respect of herds that are destroyed under the arrangements in p...More Button

Written Answers. - Foot and Mouth Contingency Plan.

Was asked: if he will give details of the contingency plan in place following the outbreak of foot and mouth here.More Button

I have arranged to have a copy of the contingency plan sent to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers. - Sheep Tagging.

Was asked: the research which has taken place into the tagging of sheep by his Department; if the proposed tagging system has been assessed by the European Commission; and the recommendations which have been iss...More Button

Under current EU legislation member states are obliged to put in place national identification systems that identify at least the holding of birth and of dispatch holding of sheep. The national sheep ...More Button

Was asked: when he will announce details of a tagging scheme for sheep; when this system will come into effect; the provisions which will be included to ensure traceability from birth to plate; and if he will ma...More Button

It is my intention to introduce a comprehensive national identification system for sheep, involving the individual identification of all sheep by tagging, from next May. Under this system details of a...More Button

Written Answers. - Foot and Mouth Disease.

Was asked: the plans he has regarding prevention measures involving restrictions on personal and group activities, particularly in Dublin and other urban centres, with specific reference to the increasing eviden...More Button

I am acutely aware of the potential losses in the tourism sector, and in other sectors, arising from the measures in place to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease. For this reason, these meas...More Button

Written Answers. - Leader Programmes.

Was asked: when he expects a reply from the EU Commission following his submission on the EU Leader+ programme.More Button

The EU Leader+ draft operational programme was submitted by my Department to the European Commission in November last in accordance with the Commission's guidelines. Under the approval procedure, the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

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

The person named applied on 137 animals under the 2000 cattle headage scheme. At an inspection carried out on his herd on 23 October 2000, 11 animals which were not present at inspection were deemed n...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Improvement Programme.

Was asked: when additional funding for the farm improvement programme will be allocated.More Button

Funding was allocated to the farm improvement programme recently and all outstanding grant claims have been paid. Additional funding will be allocated to meet future grant claims under this scheme as ...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received his £100 refund for the REP scheme training course, particularly as his REP scheme planner has submitted the relevant certificate...More Button

The application for REPS training payment was received on 9 February 2001 and payment will issue within the next two weeks.More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if he will provide information on a case concerning a person (details supplied) in County Limerick who wishes to leave the early retirement scheme for farming before the ten year period is completed; ...More Button

Pensions under the scheme of early retirement from farming are paid for a period of ten years, or until the transferor's 70th birthday, whichever is the sooner.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if he will outline overtime payment arrangements for his staff during the current foot and mouth crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Standard Civil Service overtime arrangements are applied to staff in clerical and administrative grades who have conditioned hours. The rates are applied as follows: first three hours per week @ time+...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if his Department will reconsider the decision to refuse an application, under the ERS2 2000 scheme, from a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named has not farmed since 1982. He wrote to my Department inquiring about his eligibility under the new scheme of early retirement from farming. The position, as outlined by him, was that ...More Button

Was asked: if he will reinvestigate the refusal of farm retirement scheme to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny where the application was made under the new scheme on the advice of Teagasc and where ...More Button

There is no record in my Department of receipt of an application from the persons named under the new scheme of early retirement.More Button

Was asked: if he will arrange early approval of farm retirement for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny where the application has been lodged and acknowledged by his Department.More Button

The person named lodged an application under the new scheme of early retirement from farming on 6 March 2001. Under the protocol on direct payments to farmers, my Department has undertaken to bring v...More Button


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