Walsh, Joe

Tuesday, 7 October 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 571 No. 4

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Written Answers. - Departmental Lands.

Was asked: if he has plans to dispose of the State owned lands at Abbottstown or to apply for change of use permission from Fingal County Council; if he has had consultations with the local authority or other in...More Button

In accordance with a Government decision, I have disposed of a site at Abbottstown on which the National Aquatic and Leisure Centre is located to Campus and Stadium Ireland Development Limited. Decisi...More Button

Written Answers. - Trade Statistics.

Was asked: the number of imported tonnes of pork in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of imported tonnes of bacon in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of imported tonnes of chicken in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 195 to 197, inclusive, together. The Central Statistics Office is responsible for the collection of trade statistics in relation to imports of meat and meat preparatio...More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: the position regarding the appli cation by a person (details supplied) in County Carlow for the farm retirement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named is the transferee for his mother, who joined the scheme of early retirement from farming in October 1999 under a joint management arrangement with her husband. Payment of the early re...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if grants due to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be awarded immediately.More Button

The person named is an applicant under both the farm waste management and dairy hygiene schemes. Payment of €3,279.72 was made to the person under the farm waste management scheme on 29 September 2003...More Button

Was asked: when the 2003 area aid premium will issue for a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The holding of the person named was selected for an on-the-spot inspection in accordance with normal control procedures. This process has now been completed and his area aid application has been fully...More Button

Was asked: when the 2003 area aid premium will issue for a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The holding of the person named was selected for an on-the-spot inspection in accordance with normal control procedures. This process has now been fully completed. The person named claimed a total are...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in relation to area aid by a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The agriculture appeals office received this appeal on 11 September 2003. Appeals require individual examination and are dealt with in the order in which they are received. The appeals office will con...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare was not awarded suckler cow or beef premium in 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named has not submitted any applications to date under the 2003 special beef premium scheme. He is not an applicant under the 2003 suckler cow premium scheme, nor does he hold any suckler c...More Button

Was asked: when an area-based payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 2003 area aid application of the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 41.24 hectares. Payment of the full entitlement under the 2003 area-based com...More Button

Written Answers. - Fox Hunting.

Was asked: if the Government will take the necessary steps to prevent fox hunts trespassing on the land of farmers who do not wish to allow them access.More Button

The issue of entry by a hunt on to private lands is in each instance a matter for the landowner concerned. There are already legal protections against trespass in place to which landowners may have re...More Button

Written Answers. - Bovine Disease Controls.

Was asked: if a tuberculosis clearance test will be immediately carried out on the herd of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The herd of the person referred to by the Deputy was restricted on 13 August 2003 following the disclosure of four TB reactors. The first reactor retest on the herd is due on 5 November 2003 and a fur...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in payments of area aid to persons (details supplied) in County Donegal; the estimated time for payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 2003 area aid applications of both persons named were randomly selected for satellite inspection in line with normal control procedures. This process has now been completed and the forage area det...More Button

Written Answers. - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: if the submissions received as part of the consultation process on the CAP reform will be published; and, if so, when it is proposed to do so.More Button

Was asked: when it is proposed to come to a final decision on the decoupling element of the CAP reform package agreed at Luxembourg.More Button

Was asked: the number of submissions which his Department has received as part of the consultation process on CAP reform.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 208 to 210, inclusive, together. The agreement reached by the Council of Ministers on 26 June 2003 on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy provided, in the cas...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when payment of the 2002 extensification and 2003 area based payments will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named was paid his full entitlement under the 2003 area-based compensatory allowance scheme on 30 September 2003. The person named participated in 2002 extensification premium opting for th...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for an area based payment in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named included a land parcel on her 2003 area aid application in respect of which an overclaim was determined. The area aid unit wrote to her in this regard but the person named has not res...More Button

Written Answers. - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: the disease status of a herd of cattle at a location (details supplied) in County Galway that were out of control up to recently; the avenues which are open to several neighbours, including a person (...More Button

The results of the second test on the herd referred to are expected this week. The question of compensation for any alleged trespass damage caused by the herd of cattle referred to, prior to them bein...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason there is such a long time lapse between the identification of dates under the census system for extensification and the subsequent information being conveyed to farmers participating in the...More Button

Under the relevant EU Commission regulation, census dates must be distributed throughout the year in such a way as to be representative of the entire year. The regulation also stipulates that census d...More Button

Written Answers. - Beef Exports.

Was asked: the total beef output here; the total domestic consumption; the total beef exports and their destination; the total beef imports and their country of origin; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The information requested is set out in the tables below: Beef Production and Exports 2002 ('000 tonnes)More Button

Written Answers. - Phytophthora Ramorum Survey.

Was asked: if a survey of phytophthora ramorum has been completed here; and when he expects to publish the results.More Button

Phytophthora ramorum was first detected in the EU in 2000. It has been found to be damaging rhododendron and viburnum plants and may possibility affect other species. Following the discovery of the di...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway under the REP scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named has received annual payment in respect of each of the five years of his REPS plan and no further annual payments are due. An appeal against a penalty is being examined by the agricult...More Button

Was asked: when a person - details supplied - in County Mayo will receive area based payments for 2003; and the reason for the delay.More Button

The person named included a land parcel on his 2003 area aid application that overlapped with a parcel on another herdowners application. This overlap was resolved in favour of the person named and hi...More Button

Written Answers. - Genetically Modified Organisms.

Was asked: if he will encourage farmers here to create the types of GM-free production zones outlined by Commissioner Fischler in Brussels on 29 September 2003; and, if so, the measures his Department will take ...More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the discussion on GMOs which took place at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting of 29 September 2003; and the stance taken by him at that meeting in relation to...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 219 and 220 together. The Irish position on GMOs, as set out in the report of the interdepartmental group on modern biotechnology in October 2000, is one of being posi...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the 29 September 2003 meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council.More Button

The main items of business at the Council meeting on 29 September 2003 were: the adoption of the seven regulations that give legal effect to the agreement which was reached by the Council on 26 June o...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a farm development grant will be awarded to a person - details supplied - in County Limerick.More Button

The person named is an applicant under the farm waste management scheme. Payment of €17,890.47 was made by my Department to the person concerned on 3 July 2003.More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the number of active REP scheme files, that is, those selected for audit, in County Galway that are recorded as suspended on the REP scheme computer system of his Department; the number of these which...More Button

In County Galway there are currently 27 cases awaiting payment where issues have been identified which must be rectified before payment can be made. While every effort is made to process payments as q...More Button

Written Answers. - Food Labelling Scheme.

Was asked: the provision he has made for traceability of all meat products sold in supermarkets and retail outlets; if he plans to introduce labelling, identifying the country of origin, slaughter date and other...More Button

The general EU requirement is that pre- packed meats sold at retail level must have an indication of the last premises in which the product was prepared or packed for retail sale. In the case of beef,...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

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

The person named included a land parcel on his 2003 area aid application that overlapped with a land parcel on another herdowners application. This overlap was resolved in favour of the person named a...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person - details supplied - in County Wexford has not yet received follow up payments due from his Department due to this person being depopulated of his sheep flock in December 2002 due ...More Button

The flockowner was depopulated under the scrapie eradication programme on the 20 December 2002 and was paid compensation in respect of the market value of his flock. A number of concerns arose in rela...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive payments due to them from his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named has 72 animals eligible under the 2003 slaughter premium scheme to date. Nineteen of these animals were heifers under 30 months of age and are therefore eligible for a top-up from the...More Button

Written Answers. - Milk Quota.

Was asked: the conditions for distributing milk quota for the 2003-04 season.More Button

The main means of distributing milk quota in the 2003-04 milk quota year are: the milk quota restructuring scheme; the temporary leasing scheme; and the milk quota appeals tribunal schemes for hardshi...More Button


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