Walsh, Joe

Tuesday, 24 February 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 580 No. 5

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Written Answers - Forestry Sector.

Was asked: the annual value of the forestry industry; the extent to which a trend is discernible; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The annual value of the forest industry is estimated at €500 million. The current timber output of 3 million cubic metres is anticipated to grow to 3.95 million cubic metres by 2005 and to 4.44 millio...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application made by a person (details supplied) in County Cork for consideration of force majeure and exceptional circumstances in relation to the establishment of e...More Button

The person named submitted an application for consideration of force majeure— exceptional circumstances to my Department on 21 January 2004. Processing of applications has commenced and my Department ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive payment under the disadvantaged areas compensatory allowance scheme.More Button

Payment due to the person named under the 2003 area-based compensatory allowance scheme could not be made until a potential stocking density problem had been resolved but, now that this has been done,...More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota.

Was asked: if he will approve the transfer of a milk quota for 2004 to a person (details supplied) in County Cork on compassionate grounds.More Button

Milk quota can only be transferred between family members when the land to which the quota attaches is transferred as provided for under the milk quota regulations. A lease of land with quota is possi...More Button

Was asked: if an additional milk quota will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Allocations of milk quota from the national reserve are granted on the basis of recommendations from the milk quota appeals tribunal. The tribunal is a body established to consider and advise on appli...More Button

Written Answers - Agriculture Strategy.

Was asked: his views on whether the high level group which he has established to re-examine the future strategy for Irish agriculture is deficient both in terms of broader representation from those actively invo...More Button

In setting up this group, I was guided by the context and the environment in which the agri-food sector will be operating in the future. The agriculture and food sectors exist in a rapidly changing an...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when forestry premia will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payment of the 2004 forestry premiums will begin to be made towards the end of March as has been the position over the years.More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if he will examine his Department’s demand for repayment of an alleged overpayment made in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick in receipt of the scheme for early retirement from ...More Button

The 1994 scheme of early retirement from farming and its successor introduced in November 2000 are both governed by EU Council regulations. It is a requirement of these regulations that the early reti...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a ewe premium grant for 2003 has not been made to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named applied on 118 ewes under the 2003 ewe premium scheme, which he declared to be in his ownership and possession at the time of application on 6 January 2003 and which he undertook to k...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Was asked: if a submission to reclassify parts of County Monaghan as severely disadvantaged and to extend the disadvantaged status to all the BMW region has been made to the EU Commission; and if he will make a ...More Button

The position is that on one occasion in 2002 and on three occasions in 2003, my Department raised the issues of extension and reclassification of Ireland’s disadvantaged areas at meetings with the EU ...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Laois who is on the early retirement scheme pension is eligible to receive adult dependant allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named is in receipt of the maximum annual payment under the current early retirement scheme. There are no additional allowances payable under the scheme in respect of adult or other depende...More Button

Written Answers - Department Staff.

Was asked: the number of full-time civil servants within his Department who first entered the service as political advisers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are no full-time civil servants in my Department who first entered the service as political advisers.More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare, retiring from dairying on health grounds may assign part or all of their milk quota to a portion of land that they propose to sell.More Button

I understand an application was received in my Department from the named person for a certificate of entitlement to transfer milk quota. This application sought to assign the entire transferable eleme...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when it is proposed to issue grant aid under the native woodland scheme to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry.More Button

An application from the person in question for grant aid under the native woodland scheme is currently being processed by my Department. A decision on the application will be given as quickly as possi...More Button

Was asked: when a ewe premium for 2003 will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This matter is the subject of an appeal. The agriculture appeals office received the appeal from this herd owner on 6 February 2004. Appeals receive individual examination and are dealt with in the or...More Button

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

Payment of the 2004 forestry premium will begin to be made toward the end of March as has been the position over the years.More Button

Was asked: if he will clarify under the mid-term review proposals, if a farmer (details supplied) sold cows and milk quota this year, will the land be eligible for cattle premia next year; if this person had lan...More Button

The single payment scheme will commence on 1 January 2005 and all livestock premia and arable aid schemes will cease to exist as and from 31 December 2004. As the Deputy is no doubt aware, the single ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a suckler cow premium for 2003 has not been paid to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named applied for premium for 60 animals under the 2003 suckler cow scheme for small scale milk suppliers. He applied under his Tipperary herd number but was a milk supplier under his Galwa...More Button

Written Answers - Mayo Landslide.

Was asked: the position in regard to a visit by officials from his Department to the landslide victims in Pullathomas, Ballina, County Mayo; and the measures and funding in place following this meeting.More Button

Officials of my Department visited Pullathomas and had a useful discussion with the farmers affected.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when decoupling takes place, the way in which a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be affected as they did not have a suckler cow quota or sheep quota in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002.More Button

As the Deputy is no doubt aware, the single decoupled payment will be based on the average number of animals — or the average number of hectares in the case of arable aid — on which payments were made...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: if his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the decentralisation plans announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day, in so far as they may impact either directly or indirectly on his...More Button

The decentralisation plans announced by the Minister for Finance in his Budget Statement will necessitate the movement of at least 470 of my Department’s staff and 185 staff in Teagasc, Bord Bia and B...More Button

Was asked: the locations to which any part of his Department has already been decentralised; the years in which each such decentralisation took place; the total number of staff who are now employed by his Depart...More Button

Table 1 shows the existing staff of my Department’s decentralised headquarters offices in Johnstown Castle, Castlebar, Cavan and Portlaoise. The table also shows the years in which the original decent...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff within his Department who have to date volunteered for the programme of decentralisation announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day; the grades of the staff concerned; the...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is on the following table. Survey of interest of Department of Agriculture and Food staff in decentralisation, Portlaoise, Macroom:More Button

Written Answers - Nitrates Directive.

Was asked: the financial assistance which will be provided to farmers to assist in meeting the requirements of the nitrates directive, when implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Substantial financial aid will be available to farmers on whom the nitrates directive has an impact. In Sustaining Progress, the Government stated that recognising the importance of the nitrates direc...More Button

Was asked: if he has received the Irish Farmers’ Association submission on the draft nitrates directive; his views on same; the proposals he has made to the Commission on the implementation of the directive here...More Button

Proposals for further implementation of the nitrates directive were issued for public consultation on 19 December 2003 by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Depar...More Button

Was asked: if agreement was reached in the process of the partnership talks on the amount of livestock manure per hectare which shall be applied to the land per year; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

In relation to the amount of livestock manure per hectare to be applied to land, the Sustaining Progress agreement stated that in the context of the regime soon to be adopted to transpose the provisio...More Button

Written Answers - Suckler Cow Quota.

Was asked: if the medical condition of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and medical evidence supplied was taken into account when allocating an additional sucker cow quota; and if this person’s applica...More Button

The person named was allocated ten suckler cow quota units from the 2004 national reserve, which was the maximum allocated to any applicant regardless of his or her circumstances. According to the rec...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a decision will be made on an application made by a person (details supplied) in County Sligo for payment under force majeure and exceptional circumstances in view of the situation; and if he will ...More Button

The person named has submitted an application for consideration of force majeure— exceptional circumstances — to my Department on 16 January 2004. Processing of applications has commenced and my Depar...More Button

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

An amended plan was received in this case on 30 January 2004. The plan has been examined and some additional information has been requested from the REPS planner involved in the case. No payments can ...More Button


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