Coughlan, Mary

Wednesday, 13 October 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 590 No. 2

First Page Previous Page Page of 181 Next Page Last Page

Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 1999: Report and Final Stages.

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Priority Questions - Beef Industry.

Was asked: her plans to assist in the development of the beef industry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The focus of the beef industry has been to broaden and expand its market reach at EU retail level, shifting its orientation away from international commodity markets and into the higher priced interna...More Button

I thank the Deputy for his good wishes. Unfortunately our wonderful relationship will end after Question Time. I wish him every success in his new portfolio. We all agree that quality is paramount. It...More Button

Was asked: if her Department has investigated or considered the results of a Garda investigation into a fraud involving the certification of beef for the Russian market at a processing plant in Leinster; and if ...More Button

My Department has asked the Garda to investigate certain practices in a licensed beef processing plant. This action was taken following preliminary results of an investigation conducted by a team from...More Button

I share the Deputy’s concerns and disappointment regarding this case. The Department carried out a preliminary investigation and asked the Garda bureau of fraud on 5 October to carry out an investigat...More Button

The company in question has been suspended indefinitely from supplying to this country. Controls relating to all aspects of this trade have been tightened in every plant that has certification. The Eu...More Button

I will have to get back to the Deputy on that.More Button

Priority Questions - Farm Household Incomes.

Was asked: the action that will be taken in view of the fact that meat factories are reducing the price of beef and lamb paid to the farming community and in view of the resultant hardship and loss of income for...More Button

The price paid by meat processors for animals is a commercial issue in which I have no direct role. Nonetheless, it is in the interests of the meat industry and the food supply chain that a fair retur...More Button

Modulation is an issue for further consideration and I am anxious to ensure those most in need will be facilitated. The Government very much favours live exports. Ireland has a tremendous animal welfa...More Button

I will have to consider that.More Button

Priority Questions - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: the resources being used to counter the growing incidence of Johne’s disease; the number of cases of the disease to date in 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It should be stressed that Johne’s disease is widespread in other EU member states and worldwide. It is a chronic infectious disease of cattle which gives rise to gradual wasting and loss of condition...More Button

I agree with the Deputy. As I am not a veterinarian or from a diagnostic field, I will leave the matter in the hands of the experts, of which Deputy Upton is one. Overall, it is not a matter of findin...More Button

Other Questions - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: her views on the discovery in recent weeks of another case of BSE in an animal born after the imposition of the ban on the use of meat and bonemeal in animal feed; the number of such cases discovered ...More Button

I assume the Deputy’s question refers to the incidence of BSE in animals born after enhanced control measures on meat and bonemeal, specified risk materials and the processing of mammalian waste were ...More Button

Given the nature of the disease and its publicity in terms of concern regarding the health of the national herd, the Department was actively involved in monitoring and controlling the issue. I took th...More Button

To the best of my knowledge, there is no geographical link. Such a possibility would have been taken into consideration when compiling research. The disease is quite sporadic.More Button

I am aware that another Deputy may raise this matter at a later stage. The Department reviewed the policy quite recently. Members will be aware a report compiled by the FSAI’s sub-committee on BSE fou...More Button

Other Questions - Dairy Industry.

Was asked: her proposals to assist with milk prices; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The price paid to farmers for milk is a commercial matter between milk producers and the purchaser. A combination of the international market for dairy products, the product mix and efficiency of the ...More Button

There are concerns. Change leads to trepidation in all industries and the diary industry is no exception. We are satisfied that the dip in prices, 0.6%, is small given the change that has taken place....More Button

The Minister of State might have a greater insight about what the Deputy was doing in the United States but obviously his sojourn was productive. There are issues of grave concern that have been regul...More Button

I know exactly what the Deputy means. It is terrible to be a woman who goes to the shop and knows what is going on in the country.More Button

Other Questions - Live Exports.

Was asked: the steps which have been taken to reopen the live cattle trade in Libya and Egypt; the country or countries from which they are now sourcing their needs; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The live cattle trade is an important and valuable dimension to total trade in agricultural products. It provides a balance to the beef trade and a valuable outlet for farmers at particular periods du...More Button

He tells the truth.More Button

If it were easy to do, then I assure the Deputy it would be done. Those on this side of the House are great advocates of the live export trade. I do not agree with the Deputy’s view that it is difficu...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, 500,000 tonnes of beef are exported. Deputy Crawford asked a question on prices for O grades. I know the price of R3 steers but I am stuck on the price of O grades. If the...More Button

I have not had time to record it but some of the other Deputies may be able to inform the Deputy. It is a while since I bought anything in a mart or have been involved in the industry. I imagine the D...More Button

Other Questions - Alternative Farm Enterprises.

Was asked: the way in which she proposes to promote the bio-fibre sector within farming here.More Button

Other Questions - Food Industry.

Was asked: her plans to promote research into further adding value to food commodities; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Other Questions - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: her plans to carry out a review of the early retirement scheme for farmers; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Other Questions - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when REPS 3 payments will be made; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Other Questions - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: the plans she has to review the compensation schemes for farms locked up by tuberculosis or brucellosis.More Button

The compensation regime for the TB and brucellosis eradication schemes was improved significantly with the introduction of the on-farm market valuation scheme, which became fully operational from Apri...More Button

I am glad the Deputy has recognised that we have moved from the flat rate to the valuation system. According to the figures to the end of September of this year, some 5,611 valuations took place invol...More Button

I always remember.More Button

In regard to individual farms and farmers, one cannot make up for personal, not to mention financial, loss. If there are particular concerns, I ask the Deputy to bring them to my attention and I will ...More Button

Private Members’ Business - Health Services: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Beef Industry.

Was asked: her plans to assist the beef industry and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The focus of the Irish beef industry has been on broadening and expanding its market reach at EU retail level, shifting its orientation away from international commodity markets and into the higher pr...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: her plans to re-allocate staff within her Department as a result of the introduction of the single farm payment and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The implementation of the mid-term review of Agenda 2000 is the single biggest operational challenge facing my Department in the period ahead. It involves the discontinuance of the seven major livesto...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if any REP scheme 3 payments have been made to date; and, if not, the reason therefor.More Button

The issue of REPS 3 payments commenced on 23 September 2004. The processing of applications and approval of payments are proceeding on a continuing basis. By the end of this week, REPS 3 payments amou...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: the policy with respect to scrapie monitoring; the funding which is available to assist farmers who wish to enter the scheme; her plans to extend the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The primary purpose of the scrapie monitored flock scheme has been to permit participants to meet the export certification conditions for breeding sheep in so far as they relate to scrapie. These cond...More Button

Was asked: if her Department has given consideration to a targeted cull of BSE infected cattle as opposed to the present system of mass culling of herds in which an infected animal is discovered; and if she will...More Button

My Department has reviewed the policy of full herd culling of BSE infected herds in the recent past and found that it was prudent to retain it on a number of grounds for the present, although the posi...More Button

Written Answers - Genetically Modified Organisms.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the demand from many consumers and farmers for genetically modified free farming; if her attention has further been drawn to the fact that no insurance company has y...More Button

The rules governing GMOs are set down in EU legislation, which has been jointly adopted by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers under the co-decision procedure. This legislation, which is ...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: the numbers availing of the early retirement scheme from farming; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There were in excess of 10,250 participants in the 1994 scheme of early retirement from farming, applications for which ended in December 1999. Of these, nearly 6,000 are still active participants in ...More Button

Written Answers - Live Exports.

Was asked: the position regarding the export of beef to Russia and if there is any difficulty with the trade.More Button

Beef exports to Russia, which is a valuable market for Irish beef, are proceeding satisfactorily. Last year, Ireland exported some 75,000 tonnes of beef to the Russian Federation, which amounted to 11...More Button

Written Answers - Sugar Beet Industry.

Was asked: her views on the future of the sugar industry here; her further views on recent warnings from the IFA that the industry is facing major challenges; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Concerns about the future of the sugar industry have been expressed in the context of the proposed reform of the EU sugar regime. The sugar regime has not been fundamentally changed since it was estab...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: if she has received a protocol from the IFA regarding the way in which her Department should deal with flocks in which a scrapie breakdown occurs; her views on same; if she will consider compensation ...More Button

A proposed protocol on procedures for dealing with scrapie affected flocks has been received from the IFA. My Department is committed to dealing with scrapie positive cases in the most expeditious man...More Button

Written Answers - Food Industry.

Was asked: her plans for research programmes to develop quality foods; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 significant funding is provided for specific food related initiatives, including research and development. These have been designed to enhance the food in...More Button

Written Answers - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: the position regarding modulation funding; if modulation funding will be returned to the sectors from which it was collected; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the mid-term review of the CAP, modulated funds will become available for use in 2006. Potential use in that year is restricted to existing measures in the CAP rural development plan — agri-envi...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Estimates.

Was asked: the plans she has to bring forward a supplementary Estimate to provide additional funding to Teagasc; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Substantial Exchequer resources are provided each year to enable Teagasc to provide first class research, training and advisory services for Irish farmers and the food industry. The total funding prov...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: her views on whether all sheep farmers will have to participate in scrapie monitoring if they wish to compete with foreign markets in sheep production; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of sheep in the country; the number of these that have been scrapie monitored; when she expects the country’s full herd to be scrapie monitored; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 31 together. According to the 2003 CSO figures, the total number of sheep in the country is 6.8 million. There are 413 participants in the scrapie monitored flo...More Button

Written Answers - Agriculture Policy.

Was asked: her vision for the future of the agricultural sector in the meat, dairy and cereal sectors; the extent to which she sees each discipline develop in the future; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

It is important to focus on the need for long-term planning for the meat, cereal and dairy sectors, as these account for the majority of farm output in this country. The key is to have appropriate pol...More Button

Written Answers - EU Imports.

Was asked: her views on the reported increase in the amounts of beef and poultry which may be imported into the EU; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to an exchange of offers made by the European Commission to the Mercosur group of South American countries in the context of negotiations on a free trade agreement bet...More Button

Written Answers - Beef Industry Irregularities.

Was asked: her views on reported investigations into beef labelling at a meat plant in Leinster; the position regarding same; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has asked the Garda to investigate certain practices in a licensed beef processing plant. This action was taken following preliminary results of an investigation conducted by a team from...More Button

Written Answers - Agriculture Policy.

Was asked: if she will elaborate on the pledge to put an emphasis on sustainability and balance (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My comments at the National Ploughing Championships reflect the policy on agriculture, food and rural development as set out in the agreed programme for Government. This Government is committed to dev...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the discussions she has had with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government with respect to the nitrates directive; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The implementation of the nitrates directive is a matter for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the first instance. The recommendations of Mr. Denis Brosnan, who had be...More Button

Written Answers - Food Labelling.

Was asked: if she is making progress in the labelling of lamb, pork and poultry to indicate the country of origin; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Two statutory instruments were signed earlier this year requiring that loose poultry should bear an indication of its country of origin if imported from outside the EU and requiring that it should be ...More Button

Written Answers - Cereal Sector.

Was asked: her views on whether a high percentage of tillage land will be left unused due to the mid-term reform; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she has analysed the immediate consequences of decoupling on farmers in terms of its effects on production of crops and land holdings and other effects; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 38 together. The FAPRI-Ireland Partnership carried out an analysis, at the request of my Department, of the likely impact of CAP reform on Irish agriculture. It...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the number of persons who are in REP scheme 2; the number of applications which have been made for REP scheme 3 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have applied for REP scheme 3 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 36 and 46 together. At present there are 37,883 farmers in REPS 2. Of these, 3,457 have taken up the option of transforming their undertakings to REPS 3 on their anniv...More Button

Written Answers - Climate Change Strategy.

Was asked: her plans to ensure that agriculture here adapts to the changing conditions resulting from climate change such as heavier rainfall and, in certain areas, increased drought; and if she will make a stat...More Button

I am aware that both increased precipitation and water shortages are major issues for agriculture worldwide. Some commentators have suggested that such changes in our own climate may have both positiv...More Button

Written Answers - Afforestation Programme.

Was asked: her priorities in the forestry sector in the short and medium term; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This country enjoys many advantages for the growing of trees. Approximately 10% of our land area is covered by trees, considerably less than the European average of 35%. Our forest estate is young by ...More Button

Written Answers - Live Exports.

Was asked: the way in which she proposes to expand the live cattle trade; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The live cattle trade is an extremely important and valuable dimension to total trade in agricultural products. It provides a balance to the beef trade and a valuable outlet for farmers at particular ...More Button

Written Answers - Beef Processing.

Was asked: if she will make a statement on the cut in the price being paid to farmers by the beef processors.More Button

The price paid by meat processors for animals is a commercial issue and one in which I have no direct role. Nonetheless it is clearly in the interests of the meat industry and the food supply chain th...More Button

Written Answers - Organic Farming.

Was asked: the way in which she proposes to promote the organic sector within farming here.More Button

Attractive financial supports continue to be available to encourage farmers to consider the organic option and to respond to the market demand for organically produced food. Organic farmers are eligib...More Button

Written Answers - World Day of Poverty.

Was asked: the plans her Department has to promote or take part in the World Day of Poverty on 17 October 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The General Assembly of the United Nations in 1993 declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. My Department does not promote any activities for this day. However, the...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Household Incomes.

Was asked: the average farm income at present; her views on a recent Teagasc report which found that average farm incomes increased by just 0.9% in 2003; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Teagasc national farm survey 2003 showed that average family farm income increased by 0.9% to €15,054. Farm incomes, however, vary significantly depending on the size and enterprise mix on farms a...More Button

Written Answers - Beef Industry.

Was asked: if she has plans to establish a beef strategy board to plan and develop the beef industry into the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The focus of the Irish beef industry in recent years has been on broadening and expanding its market reach at EU retail level, shifting its orientation away from international commodity markets and in...More Button

Written Answers - Food Industry.

Was asked: her plans to extend the role of Bord Bia; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the way in which she proposes to promote the food sector within farming here.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 47 and 58 together. Bord Bia is the body with statutory responsibility for the market development and promotion of Irish food and drink at home and abroad. It has assu...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Farm Enterprises.

Was asked: the way in which she proposes to promote the biofuel sector within farming here.More Button

My Department introduced an energy crops scheme in March 2004 in accordance with the provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003. Under this scheme, aid of €45 per hectare is granted for areas ...More Button

Written Answers - Testing Service.

Was asked: if she will introduce independent testing of milk; if her attention has been drawn to concerns regarding the current system among many farmers; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The development of an independent milk testing service is a matter for the industry itself. My Department already conducts regular checks on the results of butter fat testing carried out by milk proce...More Button

Written Answers - Single Payment Scheme.

Was asked: her approach to inspections for cross compliance; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

To be eligible for the single payment scheme, farmers are required to be compliant with various environmental and other standards and this is termed cross compliance. It will involve two key elements ...More Button

Written Answers - Food Industry.

Was asked: her plans in the short and medium term for the food industry; the aspects of food policy which come under the remit of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As Minister for Agriculture and Food, I have responsibility for the overall development of the food industry and, in co-operation with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, for the delivery of food sa...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: if she will report on the work of her Department to investigate and solve the animal health problems which have been evident in the Askeaton area of west Limerick.More Button

From 1995 to 1998 the reported animal disease problems in the Askeaton area were the subject of a comprehensive multi-agency investigation under the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency, EP...More Button

Written Answers - Sugar Beet Industry.

Was asked: her views on the future of the sugar beet industry in view of the WTO talks; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Reform of the EU sugar regime has come high on the EU agenda because of developments at WTO level, other international pressures and having regard to the significant reforms already agreed for other C...More Button

Written Answers - Plant Health.

Was asked: if she will report on the threat posed by the spread of Australian and Irish flatworms to agriculture here; if she will review the policy of 2003 on this matter which envisaged no measures to counter ...More Button

The Australian flatworm, like the New Zealand flatworm, is a predator of earthworms. It does not affect plants and, accordingly, does not come within the scope of EU plant health regulations for which...More Button

Written Answers - Genetically Modified Organisms.

Was asked: if consumer and environmental NGOs will be represented on groups answering to her Department or within her Department which are deciding on genetically modified policy.More Button

Following the Commission’s decision that the drawing up of measures for the co-existence of GM crops alongside non-GM crops should be addressed at member state level and having provided a series of gu...More Button

Written Answers - World Trade Negotiations.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself with the conclusions reached in August 2004 by the WTO negotiations; her views on the effects they will have on agriculture here; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

The agreement referred to represents a satisfactory outcome for Ireland and for the European Union in general. Ireland’s key objectives have been met in that the agreement protects the benefits to Ire...More Button

Written Answers - Afforestation Programme.

Was asked: the way in which she proposes to promote the forestry sector within farming here.More Button

The policy of the Government is focused on the promotion of forestry as a viable and alternative land use option, contributing to farmer income, rural development and employment, as well as maximising...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: if she will report on any progress in the decentralisation of her Department’s headquarters to Portlaoise, County Laois, and of all or part of Teagasc, Bord Bia and An Bord Glas offices to other parts...More Button

The decentralisation programme announced in budget 2004 allowed for the decentralisation of my Department’s headquarters to Portlaoise, Bord Bia and An Bord Glas to Enniscorthy and Teagasc to Carlow. ...More Button

Written Answers - World Food Day.

Was asked: the plans her Department has to promote the United Nation’s World Food Day on 16 October.More Button

The celebration of World Food Day will take place on Friday, 15 October. The UN’s food and agriculture organisation chose biodiversity for food security as this year’s theme. It will recognise the imp...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: the cost to the State of BSE testing to date; the distribution of the cost between the farmer and the State; and her views on why only one company carries out the tests.More Button

Under EU legal requirements member states are obliged to carry out a BSE test on all cattle over 30 months of age going into the food chain as well as all fallen and casualty animals over 24 months of...More Button

Written Answers - Off-farm Employment.

Was asked: her proposals to promote off-farm employment among the agricultural community; and the number of part-time farmers at present.More Button

Part-time farming combined with an off-farm job is an increasingly common means of ensuring a good standard of living for many small scale producers. It also assists in balanced regional development. ...More Button

Written Answers - Food Industry.

Was asked: if she will request a review of pasteurisation temperatures for milk, arising from the possible relationship between MAP and Crohn’s disease.More Button

A report of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on the possible link between MAP and Crohn’s disease was published in 2000. It concluded that the effectiveness of increasing the time or temperature i...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Mortality Rates.

Was asked: if a departmental investigation, commenced by her predecessor, into the high level of cattle deaths on farms has been completed; her views on the number of such deaths (details supplied); and if a cat...More Button

My Department is analysing the post mortem data from the regional and central veterinary laboratories for on-farm cattle deaths. Laboratory research staff are also involved in a detailed evaluation an...More Button

Written Answers - Food Industry.

Was asked: if she has assessed the impact of imports on mushroom producers here; and the amount of mushroom imports annually.More Button

According to the CSO the amount of mushrooms and truffles imported into Ireland over the past three years is, on average, 800 tonnes per annum. Mushroom production here has remained stable at approxim...More Button

Written Answers - Afforestation Programme.

Was asked: if she has assessed the degree to which certification is prohibitively expensive for private forestry owners; if she has plans to make certification more affordable, particularly in view of the fact t...More Button

Forest certification is a market driven mechanism and relies both on customer interest and on the development, operation and control of a certification system at the production or marketing stage. I r...More Button

Written Answers - EU Regulations.

Was asked: if her attention was drawn to the huge impact of a large volume of EU regulations on small speciality and artisan food producers; if she will engage with this sector and alleviate its difficulties in ...More Button

The package of measures to revise and consolidate Community legislation on food hygiene adopted by the EU earlier this year is due to come into force on 1 January 2006. It provides for the registratio...More Button

Written Answers - Food Imports.

Was asked: the precautions that are in place at airports and ports here to prevent the illegal importation of food; the number of persons engaged in the inspection process at airports and ports; if she has satis...More Button

Since the completion of the internal market in 1992 food products comprising animal products are subject to free trade without border control. The products must originate from establishments approved ...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Was asked: if a proposal has been prepared by her Department on the extension of severely handicapped status to the remainder of County Monaghan; if the proposal was submitted to Brussels; and when she expects a...More Button

Preparation of a proposal to extend the status to the remainder of County Monaghan is well advanced in my Department. It requires the compilation of a considerable amount of technical data and, when c...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the extent to which appeals against decisions on various agricultural support payments are likely to be favourably treated in the future.More Button

The Agriculture Appeals Office was established in 2002 to provide a statutory appeals service to farmers who are dissatisfied with my Department’s decisions on their entitlements under certain schemes...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Safety.

Was asked: her views on recent figures from the Health and Safety Authority that show that the death rate on farms here is four times higher than that in all other industries put together.More Button

I am very concerned about the level of safety on our farms. The latest figures published by the HSA show that between January and 4 October there were nine fatalities in the sector. This level is unac...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the position regarding a REP scheme in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Farmers in the rural environment protection scheme undertake a five year contract and this may be terminated only in limited and specified exceptional circumstances which are laid down in the scheme. ...More Button

Written Answers - Registration of Title.

Was asked: further to Question No. 163 of 15 June 2004, if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the Land Registry office raised a query with her Department on 23 June 2004, which has not been satisfacto...More Button

The Land Registry wrote to my Department on the 23 June 2004 requesting land certificates, which are the subject of exchange proceedings on a vesting order held on schedule in Land Registry. It appear...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) did not qualify for single payment scheme force majeure and exceptional circumstances; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named, having been notified that the circumstances outlined by him did not satisfy the criteria for force majeure-exceptional circumstances under Article 40 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1...More Button

Was asked: the premium payments which a person (details supplied) in County Wexford is entitled to; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 2004 area aid application for the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 5.17 hectares of forage land and 2.57 hectares of arable land. The person na...More Button

Was asked: when the 2004 suckler cow grant will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The person named submitted an application for premium on 21 animals under the 2004 suckler cow premium scheme in September 2004. This was outside the application period of 2 January to 30 June 2004 bu...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: if, during the last foot and mouth epidemic, her Department demanded or requested that artificial insemination operators working from the Clarecastle artificial insemination station should cease opera...More Button

In the initial period following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Northern Ireland in 2001, the ten organisations licensed to provide an artificial insemination, AI, service in this country we...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason an area based payment has not issued to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The area aid application for the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purposes of 33.60 hectares. Payment of her full entitlement under the 2004 area based compens...More Button

Was asked: the reason the single payment calculation has not been provided to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application for consideration of force majeure-exceptional circumstances on the grounds of animal disease outbreak during the reference period. Following examination of t...More Button

Was asked: the reason a single payment has been so low in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The single payment entitlement is calculated using the average number of animals and hectares on which direct payments were made during the reference period 2000, 2001 and 2002. The single payment pro...More Button

Was asked: the reason the area based payment has not issued to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The named person was selected for on-farm inspection in 2004. The 2004 area aid application for that person has now been processed fully with an area of 19.36 hectares determined for payment purposes....More Button

Was asked: the reason notification of the single payment entitlement has not issued to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A provisional entitlement statement has not yet issued to the person named as Department records indicate an administrative change during the reference period. My Department is currently in the proces...More Button

Was asked: the reason a farm development grant for farm buildings dating back to 1983 and currently in the Chief State Solicitor’s office has not been awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and...More Button

Legal proceedings taken by the person named are still in place regarding this matter. I am not, therefore, in a position to make any payment to the person concerned at this time. Negotiations are curr...More Button

Was asked: the reason the 2004 suckler cow and other grants have not been awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named was selected for on-farm inspection in 2004. His 2004 area aid application has been fully processed with an area of 34.23 hectares determined for payment purposes. He applied for 2004...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Carcase Disposal.

Was asked: the number and value of cattle destroyed in the course of the beef destruct scheme; if all carcases have been finally disposed of; the manner and method of disposal; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Under the purchase for destruction scheme 2001, a total of 277,860 animals with a purchase value of €160.37 million were destroyed. Under the special purchase scheme 2001, which succeeded PFD, 61,000 ...More Button

Written Answers - Budget Submissions.

Was asked: if she has studied the pre-budget submission she received from the IFA; her views on the merit of the points raised therein; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have recently received a copy of the Irish Farmers’ Association 2005 pre-budget submission, and the proposals contained in that document are currently being examined.More Button

Written Answers - Tuberculosis Incidence.

Was asked: the position in regard to bovine tuberculosis eradication with particular reference to the number of incidents in the past five years; the way in which this compares with other jurisdictions; and if s...More Button

The current TB eradication programme has brought about a significant improvement in the incidence of bovine tuberculosis, as the following table shows. The position in other EU member states is monito...More Button

Written Answers - Food Imports.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that all meat or meat products imported into this country have full traceability and the country or countries of origin apply Irish or EU standards; and if she will make a...More Button

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that all food imports into this country comply with the strictest husbandry hygiene and processing procedures; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 92 and 98 together. Detailed EU legislation lays down the conditions that member states must apply to the production of and trade in products of animal origin, includi...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of applications received for assistance under the force majeure heading; the number that have been granted, refused or pending; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following is the up to date position regarding the processing of force majeure applications under the single payment scheme.More Button

Written Answers - Live Exports.

Was asked: the extent of growth in the export market for lamb in each of the past five years; the new markets identified in that period; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Lamb production has declined in recent years reflecting diminishing numbers in the national flock. As a consequence, the total volume available for export has reduced in direct proportion to the volum...More Button

Was asked: the current EU market for Irish beef; the extent to which these markets have grown or otherwise in each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number, location and value of beef exports to non-EU countries in each of the past five years; the extent to which new markets have been or will be established; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 95 and 96 together. The information requested by the Deputy is set out in tabular form in the table below. The value of beef exports to all markets in 2003 was €1.2 bi...More Button

Written Answers - Dairy Industry.

Was asked: the location and value of dairy exports to EU and non-EU countries in each of the past five years; the extent to which new markets have been established or lost; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Ireland exports a wide range of dairy products to over 100 countries worldwide. The main dairy exports from Ireland are butter, cheese, skimmed milk powder, SMP, whole milk powder, WMP, and casein. Ba...More Button

Written Answers - Poultry Industry.

Was asked: the extent to which poultry imports into this country have displaced national production; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The poultry and eggs sector is an important part of the overall agrifood industry, with a farm gate value of €150 million in 2003. A total of 66 million chickens and 10 million birds of other species ...More Button

Written Answers - Pigmeat Sector.

Was asked: the position in regard to the pigmeat industry with particular reference to the current extent of imports as a percentage of national production; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The pigmeat industry is an important and valuable industry within the overall agrifood sector and had a farm gate value of €283 million in 2003. Ireland is a net exporter of pigmeat products. Last yea...More Button


Last Updated: 04/11/2010 11:43:36 First Page Previous Page Page of 181 Next Page Last Page