Walsh, Joe

Tuesday, 15 May 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 536 No. 2

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Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will allow a REP scheme payment to a person, details supplied, in County Mayo who was not told that the lease requirement had been increased from five years to six years.More Button

Council Regulation, EC, No. 2603-1999 laid down transitional rules for the period between the end of the first rural environmental protection scheme and the introduction of the second one. My Departme...More Button

Was asked: the reason that persons who have qualified for the REP scheme but who have had to renew their leases were not told that the lease period has been increased from five years to six years.More Button

Council Regulation, EC, No. 2603-1999 laid down transitional rules for the period between the end of the first rural environmental protection scheme and the introduction of the second one. My Departme...More Button

Written Answers - Food Imports.

Was asked: if the import of meat products is permitted in cases where antibiotic growth promotion was used; and, if so, the reason in this regard.More Button

Use of antibiotics as growth promoters in the EU is regulated under Council Directive 70-524. Under this legislation, four specific antibiotics continue to be approved for growth promotion purposes wi...More Button

Written Answers - Poultry Industry.

Was asked: the quantified impact on the competitiveness of egg and poultry production of the implementation of EU rules on the welfare of poultry while similar rules do not apply to non-EU imports.More Button

Ireland has for some years been a net importer of eggs, all of which are from the North of Ireland. Since the introduction of the Bord Bia egg quality assurance scheme such imports have shown a decrea...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a slatted house grant payment will be made to a person, details supplied, in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the national scheme for the control of farm pollution a payment will issue within the next two weeks to the person named.More Button

Was asked: the reason a rural environmental protection scheme cheque which was due on 31 December 2000 has not been received by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

The person named applied for payment on 30 January 2001. When his application was being processed it emerged that an additional document, form REPS 1A, was required. The applicant was written to on 21...More Button

Was asked: the reason a reduced REP scheme payment was made to a person, details supplied, in County Galway; the reason this file attracted an interest payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The fourth year application from the person named was chosen for a pre-payment compliance inspection. The inspection detected a number of breaches of the scheme conditions and a 30% penalty was impose...More Button

Was asked: when a person, (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive his entitlements in all schemes for 1999.More Button

In the light of the processing of the 2000 area aid application of the person named, his 1999 area aid application has been cleared for payment without penalty, with the area for payment purposes bein...More Button

Written Answers - Land Disposal.

Was asked: if he has disposed of lands (details supplied) in County Dublin; if so, when the transaction took place; the consideration which was involved; the identity of the purchaser; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I have not disposed of the lands referred to by the Deputy. However, the Government has agreed to the transfer of ownership of the lands to Campus and Stadium Ireland Limited to facilitate development...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: the reason a pension for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny was reduced, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The early retirement pension that was being paid to the person named had to be reduced when he became entitled to a national old age contributory pension. It is a requirement of EU Council Regulation ...More Button

Written Answers - Food Imports.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 517 tonnes of chicken were imported from non-EU countries in 2000; the provisions he has in place to ensure the safe production and delivery of such pr...More Button

Under EU legislation, third countries wishing to export poultry products to the EU must satisfy the European Commission that their legislative frameworks and control regimes offer equivalent guarantee...More Button

Written Answers - Foot and Mouth Disease.

Was asked: if the Teagasc factory permit could be used to cover mares being taken to stallions in view of the large expenses incurred with the present arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In order to protect against the spread of foot and mouth disease it is necessary to ensure that all movement of animals takes place under rigid control arrangements. All of the current arrangements, i...More Button

Written Answers - Leader Programmes.

Was asked: when the rural Dublin Leader programme will recommence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is in negotiation with the European Commission as regards the draft Leader+ Operational Programme which has already progressed through a number of procedural stages within the Commission...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received a REP scheme payment after two and a half years waiting; the length of time this file has been with the RI in the Galway office...More Button

There is no record of a REPS application from the person named, but the REPS number quoted relates to an application by her sister. That REPS application was chosen for a full plan and on-farm inspect...More Button

Was asked: the number of farmers from 1995 to 1997 who had lands in national heritage areas but, due to uncertainty with Dúchas, were not informed of the exact status of their lands until they were in the REP sc...More Button

The information sought is not readily available and its compilation would involve a disproportionate amount of time and work. However, the procedures to be followed in the type of situation referred t...More Button

Written Answers - Foot and Mouth Disease.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the situation where British ham, bacon and rashers are on sale in Irish food outlets in view of the foot and mouth crisis; if a ban is still in force in relation to Br...More Button

Under the provisions of Commission Decision 2001-145-EC of 21 February 2001 and subsequent related decisions concerning certain protection measures with regard to foot and mouth disease in the United ...More Button

Written Answers - Sale of Lambs.

Was asked: the plans he has to regulate the sale of lambs through the livestock marts; and the way in which lambs can be sold or bought at dead weight prices at these marts and transferred to the factories in bu...More Button

In the context of foot and mouth disease, FMD, controls relating to animal movements, the use of livestock marts as collection points for the assembly of cattle and sheep, and more recently pigs going...More Button

Written Answers - Foot and Mouth Disease.

Was asked: the estimated figures within his Department for payouts of compensation due, to date, as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak for sheep destruction or cull, and bovine destruction or cull; the esti...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy which is contained in the following schedule, refers to payments which have been made to date: Schedule 1.Foot and Mouth Disease Compensation The cost associate...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 154 of 2 May 2001, he will arrange an early appraisal and resolution of this case; if his attention has been drawn to the co-operative and diligent approach a...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 154 of 2 May 2001. This matter is still under investigation and it would not be appropriate for me to comment further at this stage. Howeve...More Button

Was asked: when a REP scheme appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be finalised.More Button

Penalties amounting to 110% of his annual payment were imposed on the person named following a compliance inspection. He lodged an appeal against these penalties with my Department's REPS appeals comm...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: the plans he has to supplement the euro compensation of 75% paid to transferors in the old farm early retirement scheme to the full 100%, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The rate payable under the 1994 scheme is the maximum permitted under the governing regulation, EU Council Regulation, EEC, No. 2079-92.More Button

Written Answers - Foot and Mouth Disease.

Was asked: the financial support he can give to farmers who cannot sell their store cattle due to the closure of the marts caused by the foot and mouth crisis; and if a package can be offered to assist those fam...More Button

Was asked: when livestock marts will be allowed to operate again under strict control; and the plans he has to alleviate difficult situations for full-time farmers and their families.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 228 and 229 together. I have, in recent weeks, made a number of adjustments to the foot and mouth disease controls, based on recommendations from the expert group and ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if there is a restocking grant available to farmers whose farms were depopulated because of BSE.More Button

BSE legislation provides that farmers are compensated at current market value rates for animals that have been depopulated as a result of BSE. The compensation is paid to enable farmers to restock. Th...More Button

Written Answers - Food Imports.

Was asked: the tonnage of foodstuffs which have been imported from countries where foot and mouth is endemic from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2000 and from 1 January 2001 to 30 April 2001; and if he will make ...More Button

Was asked: the tonnage of meat and meat products which have been imported from countries where foot and mouth is endemic between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2001 and from 1 January 2001 to 30 April 2001; and ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 and 233 together. Foot and mouth disease is endemic in a significant number of countries in Africa, Asia and South America. European Community legislation prohibit...More Button

Was asked: the tonnage of plant and vegetable foodstuffs which have been imported from countries where foot and mouth is endemic from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2000 and from 1 January 2001 to 30 April 2001; ...More Button

Foot and mouth disease is endemic in a significant number of countries in Africa, Asia and South America. European Community legislation prohibits the importation from such countries of live animals, ...More Button

Written Answers - Live Animal Imports.

Was asked: the number and species of live animals imported from countries where foot and mouth disease is endemic between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2000 and from 1 January 2001 to 30 April 2001; and if he w...More Button

European Commission rules prohibit the importation of live animals of susceptible species from countries where foot and mouth disease is endemic. I am not aware of any imports of susceptible species f...More Button

Written Answers - Abattoir Staff

Was asked: the total number of inspectors employed in abattoirs; the total number of abattoirs in which they are employed, the average annual throughput of animals in abattoirs and if he will make a statement on...More Button

There are currently 96 full-time Department veterinary inspectors employed in the 66 EU export approved abattoirs. A further 288 technical officers are employed by the Department in those premises. In...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the number of inspectors employed in abattoirs is adequate to monitor traceability of animals presented for slaughter and to ensure the food safety of meat; and if he ...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the procedures in place in lairage abattoirs are adequate to ensure the traceability of all animals presented for slaughter; if he has further satisfied himself that t...More Button

(Mr. Walsh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 and 237 together.More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: when the next REP scheme appreciation course will be held to enable new REP scheme planner agencies to be set up.More Button

Courses for suitably qualified individuals who wish to establish themselves as REPS planning agencies had been arranged provisionally for April and May 2001 by my Department. A visit to a REPS demonst...More Button

Written Answers - Official Engagements.

Was asked: if he will publish the weekly schedules of official meetings and visits and if the schedules will be available on the departmental websites.More Button

At present the website of my Department is updated daily with speeches and press releases. I have, however, no plans to place schedules of meetings or visits on the website.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the date an application for an area aid number by a person, details supplied, in County Kildare was received; when a decision will be made; if he has satisfied himself with the time period of the asse...More Button

Written Answers - Disposal of Animal Carcases.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 233 of 1 May 2001, he can advise when the first phase of a fallen animals collection scheme was put in place by his Department; if the licensed knackeries no ...More Button

The first phase of the fallen animal collection scheme was put in place on 1 December 2000 when the gate fee was removed for fallen animal material being delivered to dedicated rendering plants by lic...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a depopulation grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The person referred to opted to avail of compensation based on live valuation under the on-farm market valuation scheme when agreeing to depopulate his animals. An initial valuation carried out on 6 M...More Button

Was asked: the reason his Department is not making a REP scheme payment to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Documentation which was necessary to allow my Department to process this application was received on 7 March 2001. The application is being processed in accordance with my Department's undertakings un...More Button

Written Answers - Bord na gCon.

Was asked: the total grant to Bord na gCon for 1999, 2000 and 2001; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The total grant-in-aid paid to Bord na gCon in 1999, 2000 and 2001 is as follows: More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reasons the balance of £3,000 approximately has not been paid to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow and if payment can be made forthwith.More Button

A decision will be made in regard to the compensation aspect when the ongoing investigations relating to certain animals which were in the herd of the person concerned are completed.More Button

Written Answers - Animal Movements.

Was asked: the position regarding the illegal movement of weaner pigs from Northern Ireland to the south of Ireland by dealers in 1998, 1999 and 2000 who infected pig herds here with PRRS, better known as blue e...More Button

I am aware of the alleged illegal importation of weaner pigs from Northern Ireland in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Sufficient evidence has not been obtained to sustain a prosecution, although my Department su...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: the specific criteria regarding age relating to an entitlement to join the farm retirement scheme.More Button

To be eligible under the scheme of early retirement, the farmer who is retiring must be between his or her 55th and 66th birthdays on the date a completed application is received in my Department. As ...More Button


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