Walsh, Joe

Tuesday, 5 November 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 556 No. 3

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Estimates for Public Services, 2002: Leave to Introduce.

I move: “That leave be given by the Dáil to introduce the following Supplementary Estimate for the service of the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2001:–More Button

Estimates for Public Services, 2002. Vote 34 – Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Supplementary).

I move the following Supplementary Estimate: That a supplementary sum not exceeding €12,489,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st ...More Button

The Tánaiste has also been in contact with her counterpart in Northern Ireland in this regard. This programme of involvement is being delivered in Cork and Arklow by the regionally based staff of the...More Button

I thank all Deputies who contributed to this debate and who have considered the matter from a position of concern with regard to the workers on what has developed so abruptly. I will take individual e...More Button

Yes. It is tragic that this has occurred and that the company's board decided it had no option in the absence of a realistic viability plan but to close the company. However, the company had a trouble...More Button

A request was made to invest a further €10 million in the short term but that would not have been of use.More Button

The Government is concerned about the company's creditors and various transport and service companies have been mentioned. Their position can be determined only in time when the company's assets have...More Button

There is work to be done to make sure the full facts are known but the trustees must consider the range of options available to them to minimise shortfalls that may arise. The position in this jurisdi...More Button

Hopefully, an adequate amount will be available. It will be a matter of extreme concern if employee pension entitlements are not capable of being met by their pension funds. I understand the company h...More Button

I repeat my appreciation to the Whips of all parties for taking this motion at short notice and I ask the House to approve the Supplementary Estimate.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received an area-based payment for 2002; and when this person will be awarded payment.More Button

The person named included a land parcel on his 2002 area aid application in respect of which an apparent overclaim was determined. Following contact by the area aid unit with the herd owner, he submit...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive area-based payments for 2002.More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 87.28 hectares. The person named was paid his full entitlement under the 2002...More Button

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: his plans to decentralise more sections from his Department's head office in Dublin to Ballybay, County Monaghan, in order to accommodate a significant number of civil servants presently based in Dubl...More Button

Was asked: his plans to decentralise more sections from his Department head office in Dublin to Cavan in order to accommodate a significant number of civil servants presently based in Dublin and who wish to tran...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 207 and 208 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: if he will provide details in relation to reports to his Department in May 2002 of the death of animals in a farm (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The herd owner to which the Deputy refers has reported seven on-farm deaths to my Department since the beginning of 2002. However, samples in respect of only four of these deaths, none of which occurr...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received area-based payments for 2002.More Button

The person named is a new applicant for area aid. In accordance with normal control procedures, new applicants are subjected to a ground inspection of their holding before being issued with a herd num...More Button

Written Answers. - Meat and Bonemeal.

Was asked: the number of tonnes of meat and bone meal in storage at the present time; the average cost of storage per tonne, per year, of this product; the country or countries accepting meat and bone meal; the ...More Button

At present there are 237,000 tonnes of meat and bone meal, MBM, in store. The average storage cost is 33 cent per tonne per week. Irish MBM is currently accepted for incineration as part of an industr...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Offices.

Was asked: the reason structures (details supplied) cannot be made available in every DVO here in order that farmers or their agents can see their maps and other information and be in a position to deal with pro...More Button

The information the Deputy refers to, except mapping information, is currently being made available to all local offices, including our regional offices at Castlebar and Portlaoise. The last office wi...More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Feedstuffs.

Was asked: the reason for the implementation of the ban on the sale of seaweed meal as a direct supplement on farms, home mix; if his attention has been drawn to the results of some verifying bodies in relation ...More Button

In order to protect animal and human health, the content of naturally occurring undesirable substances and products in feedstuffs is regulated under Council Directive 1999/29/EC. This directive govern...More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Identification Scheme.

Was asked: the position in relation to the ongoing contacts taking place between his Department and the IFA in respect of the sheep tagging issue; and if he will make a statement on the time frame anticipated fo...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider proposals recently put forward to him by the IFA sheep committee in relation to a sheep identification and recording system.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 214 and 237 together. I remain fully committed to the principles of the national sheep identification system, NSIS, which provides the means by which each individual a...More Button

Written Answers. - Milk Quota.

Was asked: if he will consider on appeal an application for an additional milk quota by a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

I introduced a scheme for the distribution of the balance of the Agenda 2000 milk quota among certain producers. Producers who satisfy certain criteria and who had been involved in the farm modernisat...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the hardship being imposed on a person (details supplied) in County Cork owing to the change in payments in area aid in relation to maize; and the changes which have...More Button

A total of 2,400 farmers applied for aid on 17,000 hectares of maize under the 2002 EU arable aid scheme. The increase in maize claims in 2002 gave rise to an overshoot of the national base area for m...More Button

Was asked: the reasons for the non-payment of 2002 area aid in the amount of approximately ?3,000 to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named included a land parcel on his 2002 area aid application in respect of which an apparent overclaim was determined. Following contact by the area aid unit with the herd owner, the corre...More Button

Written Answers. - Land Purchase Annuity.

Was asked: when the scheme promised regarding Land Commission land which was given to farmers, some of whom have been paying it for many years, whereby whatever farmers owed would be halved if it was paid immedi...More Button

No decision has been taken on the introduction of a further land purchase annuity buy-out scheme. However, this matter is being kept under review.More Button

Was asked: the reason it was necessary for him to use Stubbs Gazette, Dun and Bradstreet to collect money from farmers; the number of letters which were sent out to farmers; the number of farmers who responded; ...More Button

Dun and Bradstreet, Receivables Management Services, was engaged by my Department to pursue 216 land annuity holders who had consistently failed to discharge their repayment commitments. These annuita...More Button

Written Answers. - Installation Aid Scheme.

Was asked: the number of young farmers who availed of the installation aid scheme in each year since 1990.More Button

The number of farmers who have availed of the installation aid scheme in each year since 1990 is as follows: More Button

Written Answers. - Beef Exports.

Was asked: further to Question No. 178 of 15 October 2002, the number of important decisions which have been taken in recent weeks to improve access to export markets; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The decisions to which I had referred included the decision by the Russian government to lift all restrictions on the six-county BSE ban, which was implemented following contacts between the Irish and...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received area based payments for 2002.More Button

The person named inadvertently included the same land parcel twice on her 2002 area aid application. This resulted in an apparent overclaim of the parcel. The matter has been rectified and her 2002 ar...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an area based payment for 2002.More Button

As stated in my reply of 10 October 2002 to Question No. 70, the person named applied for area aid in 2002 in respect of a plot of land which was overlapping with a commonage parcel. My Department was...More Button

Written Answers. - Company Services.

Was asked: if his Department has at any time since June 1997, used the services of a company (details supplied); if so, the reason such a company was used; if this followed public procurement procedures; and if ...More Button

The services of this company were used by this Department on two occasions since 1997. On each occasion, a contract analyst-programmer was engaged for a short period of time because of a shortage of n...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: if his Department or agencies under the aegis of his Department have at any stage used the consultancy services of companies (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his Department or agencies under the aegis of his Department have at any stage used the consulting services of companies (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 226 together. My Department has not engaged the consultancy services of the companies in question since June 1997. As regards State bodies which come under the...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Facilities.

Was asked: the number of his Department's car parking spaces for both staff and visitors, located within Dublin city centre, from the Grand Canal on the southside to the Royal Canal on the northside with Heuston...More Button

There are currently 157 car parking spaces available for the staff of my Department within the area mentioned.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Accounts.

Was asked: if his Department's annual accounts are done on a full accrual accounting system; and, if not, if there is a timescale for the implementation of such an accounting method.More Button

The annual accounts of my Department are not prepared on a full accrual accounting system. A cash basis of accounting is used with the addition of some information of an accruals nature. This is in ac...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: if he will instruct the Land Commission to reply to a query which issued from the Land Registry Office on a schedule of 29 July 1996, for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo to enable the regis...More Button

This is a complex case concerning a mapping conflict between the map lodged under schedule 92859 and existing registered boundaries. Consultation with Land Registry is taking place on the matter. The ...More Button

Written Answers. - Survey Equipment.

Was asked: when the necessary equipment to complete a survey for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be purchased; and when the survey will be carried out.More Button

This equipment has been ordered but there will be a delay of some weeks before delivery. As an interim measure the survey branch of my Department is attempting to lease similar equipment to carry out ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant of Probate.

Was asked: the reason it is necessary for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo to submit a grant of probate to get his area based payments for 2002, considering that payment issued to this person in his na...More Button

Payments under the 2001 ewe premium and area-based compensatory allowance schemes issued in the name of the current applicant's father who was then the registered flockowner.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received area based payments for 2002; and when this person will receive payments.More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named was fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 20.27 hectares. The person named was paid his full entitlement under the 2002 area...More Button

Written Answers. - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: if he will refer files to the Garda Síochána where it is established his Department has altered or withheld documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997; and if he will make a statem...More Button

The Freedom of Information Act provides that in some circumstances, certain types of information are exempt from release. In this respect, I am not aware of any documents being withheld, either in who...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive area based payments for 2002 and suckler cow premium payments.More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment of 39.46 hectares. The person named will be paid his full entitlement under the 2002 area...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow will receive a slaughter premium on 16 calves; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named has been paid slaughter premium in respect of 27 animals found eligible to date under the 2002 scheme. An amount of €1,728.00, which represents an 80% instalment, issued on 16 October...More Button

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

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 11.77 hectares. The person named applied on 18 animals under the 2002 suckler...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the number of farmers who participated in the REP scheme in County Clare and who are now participating in the REP2 scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Some 2,500 farmers in Clare were participating in the first REP scheme when it closed to new applications in December 1999 and 613 of these are still within their contracts. To date 1,030 applications...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of farmers in County Clare who applied for the various onfarm investment schemes; the number who have been approved or rejected; the number who received a payment; and if he will make a sta...More Button

The following is the material requested by the Deputy:More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the percentage increase in the salary to date of a principal officer and senior inspector in his Department since 1995 when the REP scheme was first introduced; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The following table gives the information requested by the Deputy:More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the reason the basic level of REP scheme payment, which is made to farmers for ongoing works, has reduced in actual and real terms since the scheme was introduced in 1995; and if he will make a statem...More Button

As a condition of EU approval, REPS payment rates must be justified in accordance with strict regulatory criteria. The EU regulations governing REPS provide that support is to be calculated on the bas...More Button

Was asked: the reason his Department is seeking long delays and bureacracy to cut back the REP scheme and onfarm investment schemes which are 75% funded by the EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Both REPS and the onfarm investment schemes are demand-led and my Department is not in any way seeking to delay processing of applications. The processing of applications under these and other schemes...More Button

Written Answers. - Agriculture Appeals Board.

Was asked: the composition of each interview board for the recruitment of staff to the independent agriculture appeals board; the grade and area of work responsibility of any official from his Department who sat...More Button

The post of Director of the Agriculture Appeals Office was selected through a Civil Service Commission competition. The appeals officer posts were filled by means of competitive interviews that were c...More Button

Written Answers. - Agriculture Appeals Office.

Was asked: the number of staff in the independent Agriculture Appeals Office; the number of these who have previously worked in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The staff complement of the Agriculture Appeals Office at present is one director, ten appeals officers, one higher executive officer and two clerical officers. All the officers with the exception of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Scrapie Depopulation Scheme.

Was asked: when details of the weights of the animals recategorised under the scrapie depopulation scheme 2001-02 will be transmitted as promised in previous parliamentary questions (details supplied).More Button

A chart detailing the weights of the animals recategorised under the above scheme has been transmitted to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers. - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: if his Department has decided the State's negotiating position when the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy begins in January 2003.More Button

On 10 July 2002, the Commission presented a communication to the Council and the Parliament on the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy. The communication contains outline proposals for c...More Button

Written Answers. - Live Exports.

Was asked: the reasoning behind the decision by his Department for insisting on special export lorries having to be used by an organisation (details supplied) to take cattle from a collection point in Kilmallock...More Button

Animals exported by Bóthar to Kosovo must be transported on export approved vehicles because the competent authorities of that country, as part of the export conditions of these animals, insist that t...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive area based payments for 2002.More Button

The 2002 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 15.13 hectares. The person named was paid his full entitlement under the 2002...More Button

Was asked: the proposals he has to introduce the dairy cow premium from 2002, in view of the crisis in farm incomes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The dairy cow premium was part of a package of measures negotiated under Agenda 2000 and was the mechanism agreed to compensate farmers, by means of direct payment, for the planned reduction of 15% in...More Button

Written Answers. - Beef Exports.

Was asked: the proposals he has to mount a major initiative to reopen lost markets, expand the live cattle trade and improve export refunds and price supports at EU level; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

It is my policy and that of the Government to ensure that Irish livestock or beef exporters have unrestricted access to world markets. Intensive efforts are being made by me and my Department, the Dep...More Button

Written Answers. - Cattle Prices.

Was asked: the proposals the has to seek the introduction of an EU wide beef price transparency mechanism.More Button

Since February 2000, my Department has published on a weekly basis, prices paid by individual named meat plants for all grades and categories of cattle. This initiative introduced a new degree of pric...More Button

Written Answers. - Weather Related Initiatives.

Was asked: the proposals he has to introduce a further aid scheme to off-set the increased costs facing farmers due to the bad weather in the summer of 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have taken a series of weather related initiatives in support of farmers. These include: I obtained a derogation from the European Commission to allow set-aside land to be used for ani mal feed purp...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if special consideration will be given to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who submitted an area aid application late, due to bad health, and who submitted supporting medical evidence.More Button

The area aid application submitted by the person named can be accepted in light of the medical evidence received. The herdowners application will now be processed by the area aid unit.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for an area aid payment by a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The matter has been re-examined in my Department and it has been found that no overpayment was made in 2001. Payment due to the person named will issue shortly.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in issuing payments from his Department to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The person named included a land parcel on his 2002 area aid application in respect of which an apparent overclaim was detected. Following contact by the area aid unit the herdowner submitted a map co...More Button

Written Answers. - Strategic Management Initiative.

Was asked: the key performance indicators being used by his Department; the performance in respect of these for the past five years; and if a commentary is published on these performance indicators linking them ...More Button

My Department has set out its mission, goals and performance indicators in its three statements of strategy – 1995-2000; 1998-2000; 2001-2004. It has also achieved its performance targets under the Pr...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: the key performance indicators of the agencies which his Department funds; the performance in respect of these for the past five years; and if these agencies publish a commentary on these performance ...More Button

The provision of information concerning the performance indicators of the State bodies funded by my Department is a matter for the bodies themselves.More Button

Written Answers. - Beef Exports.

Was asked: the efforts he is making to get beef shipments moving to all traditional markets such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Gulf states, South Africa, Indonesia and the Philippines; the progress made in relatio...More Button

It is my policy and that of the Government to ensure that Irish livestock or beef exporters have unrestricted access to world markets. Intensive efforts are being made by me and my Department, the Dep...More Button

Written Answers. - Noxious Weeds.

Was asked: his proposals to reduce the prevalence of ragworth, in view of the toxic effects of ragworth on grazing animals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Noxious Weeds Act, 1936, it is an offence not to prevent the spread of certain weeds, including ragworth and the owner, occupier, user or manager of lands on which these weeds are growing is...More Button

Written Answers. - Laboratory Testing Facilities.

Was asked: his proposals to establish a testing laboratory here to test food for potentially lethal dioxins; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Based on testing and analysis carried out in this country on background levels of dioxins, there is no reason to believe that the presence of dioxins is a problem for Ireland. My Department, neverthel...More Button

Written Answers. - Cereal Imports.

Was asked: the consequences for Ireland of the European Commission plan to impose quotas on grain imports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Negotiations are currently under way between the EU and its WTO trading partners aimed at resolving the problem of cheap imports of cereals from Black Sea ports, which threaten to disrupt EU markets. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if the application for extensification premium by a person (details supplied) in County Longford will be re-examined; if the matter will be reviewed, with a view to having the correct amount inserted ...More Button

The person named participated in the 2001 extensification premium opting for the simplified system. On participation he undertook to maintain a stocking density of less than 1.60 livestock units per h...More Button

Was asked: the reasons a person (details supplied) in County Limerick was refused payment for additional suckler cow quota; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named applied for additional suckler cow quota from the 2003 national reserve under category A, which catered for first time applicants for suckler cow premium in 2003 and who were under 35...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Was asked: his views on the request from Compassion in World Farming for an EU wide ban on onriched cages when the hens directive is reviewed in 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The purpose of the Commission review of the laying hens directive is to review the results of scientific research into the welfare of laying hens which will be available at that time. There are severa...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a suckler cow premium 2001 appeal will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

I understand that the person concerned has recently lodged an appeal concerning the 2001 suckler cow premium scheme with the agriculture appeals office. Appeals to that office require individual exami...More Button

Was asked: the reason the 2001 extensification payment has not been awarded to a person (details supplied) in view of the fact that this person appears to be within the stocking rates; and if he will make a stat...More Button

The person named participated in 2001 extensification premium under the simplified system. On participation he undertook to maintain a stocking density of less than 1.60 livestock units per hectare fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Disposal of Animal Carcases.

Was asked: the way in which BSE infected animals are disposed of; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The treatment of BSE positive material is specifically dealt with in EU veterinary legislation. Under such legislation, the only approved means of disposal of such material are burial or incineration....More Button


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