Coughlan, Mary

Tuesday, 22 February 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 598 No. 2

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Leaders’ Questions.

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Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of applicants under the area aid scheme, the suckler cow scheme, slaughter premium, special beef premium and the sheep premium in the years 1997 to 2004; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

The numbers of applicants-applications under the various schemes from 1997 to 2004 are set out in the table:More Button

Written Answers - Factory Closures.

Was asked: if, on the closure of Carlow sugar factory, a report from a German consultancy firm was commented on or used at her meeting with the company (details supplied); if the report will be placed in the Oir...More Button

I understand that Greencore employed a consultancy firm. I have not seen the report of the firm nor was it discussed in my meetings with the company. Any inquiries about the report would be a matter f...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if, in view of evidence given by persons (details supplied) at the Mahon tribunal, she will re-examine the entitlement of a person to farmer forestry premium payments; and if she will suspend the paym...More Button

Having examined the relevant application, I am satisfied the person in question meets the criteria laid down for payment of the farmer-rate of forestry premium.More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: if, in addition to the informal third party observations sought by telephone on 7 October 2004, there was other informal oral or written contact with a person (details supplied), her spouse or any oth...More Button

In addition to informal third party observations sought by my Department with the named individual on 7 October 2004, the individual’s spouse contacted the Department by telephone on the same day. The...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide a copy of the guidelines received by her Department from the FOI central policy unit of the Department of Finance advising all decision-makers to consult any third parties informal...More Button

As agreed with the Deputy’s office, a copy of the FOI central policy unit notice number 13, “Requests involving third parties — A step by step guide” was forwarded to him on 16 February 2005.More Button

Was asked: if her Department has found a lacuna in the Freedom of Information Acts; if she will provide a copy of the record of the manner in which any such lacuna has been brought to the attention of the Depart...More Button

My Department has not concluded that the Freedom of Information Acts contain any lacunae.More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota.

Was asked: the reason a quota belonging to a person (details supplied) in County Clare was reduced; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named applied to lease his entire quota under the milk quota temporary leasing scheme 2004-05. His entire quota amounted to 109,105 litres, of which 21,808 litres had been allocated from th...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Was asked: the position regarding the review of the disadvantaged areas; if there is a timescale when there are likely to be proposals from the European Commission; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

As part of the suggested 2007-13 rural development framework, the European Commission has proposed new criteria for less favoured areas. These lay emphasis on soil and climatic conditions. In line wit...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

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

The person named applied for consideration of force majeure/exceptional circumstances on 5 February 2004. Following examination of the exceptional circumstances outlined, my Department decided that th...More Button

Was asked: when her Department proposes to pay a special restocking grant to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if her Department has approved such a payment to all sheep farmers in similar circumstan...More Button

The sheep flock belonging to the flock owner in question was depopulated as a result of scrapie prior to Christmas 2001. He has been paid compensation on the basis of an agreement reached with my Depa...More Button

Was asked: the amount of grants awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Clare in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002; if it is more advantageous to this person to have the reference years calculated o...More Button

The person named received the following payments under the cattle headage scheme for the years 1997-2000: The person named received the following payments under the sheep headage scheme for the years ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive his REP scheme payment.More Button

The application for payment in this case was received in my Department on 10 January 2005 and is being processed in accordance with the targets set out in the protocol on direct payments to farmers.More Button

Was asked: when a decision on the application by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry to be considered as a new entrant-inheritance under the single payment scheme will be made; and if she will make a sta...More Button

The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of the inheritance and new entrant measures of the single payment scheme. Following the initial examination of the papers submitt...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the obstacles to the publication of the specifications of earthen bank tanks; when these specifications will be published; if she intends to provide grant aid to this form of storage; and if she will ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 400 of 15 February 2005. The working group which is considering the specification and guidance documents for earth-lined stores has reached...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if her Department has received the latest correspondence from a person (details supplied) in County Wexford with regard to the outcome of force majeure; the assistance which is available to this perso...More Button

The person named was notified that his application for consideration of force majeure/exceptional circumstances as a result of BSE depopulation in 2001 was successful and that his single payment entit...More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota.

Was asked: if additional milk quota on hardship grounds will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

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

Payments of the 2005 forestry premium will be made in April of this year.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the single payment appeals consideration for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.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

Written Answers - Agriculture Appeals.

Was asked: if unsuccessful appellants to the agricultural appeals office are notified of their right of appeal to the office of the Ombudsman rather than initially to the director of the office; and if she will ...More Button

Unsuccessful appellants are advised of their right of recourse to the office of the Ombudsman. In addition, under the Agriculture Appeals Act 2001, the decision of an appeals officer may be reviewed b...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if farmers who declared their holdings for area aid in order to qualify for the single farm payment entitlements in 2005 will be allowed to afforest that land or part of it should they wish to do so b...More Button

Farmers will be required to indicate on their 2005 area aid-single payment application forms the date from which the ten months retention period for each of their parcels begins. Farmers will be allow...More Button

Written Answers - World Trade Negotiations.

Was asked: her views on a submission (details supplied); her plans to address the submission in regard to the WTO talks; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The negotiations on the new WTO round are taking place under the mandate, known as the Doha Development Agenda, agreed at the WTO ministerial conference in Doha in November 2001. This mandate provides...More Button


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