Coughlan, Mary

Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 602 No. 1

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Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the zone in which Mayo is situated in respect of the nitrates directive implementation action plan submitted to the EU in April 2005; the effect this will have on the county; and the areas affected by...More Button

The implementation of the nitrates directive is a matter in the first instance for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. For the purposes of the revised action programme, on...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: when she intends to implement the findings of the recently published report on the early retirement scheme from farming; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I received the report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture and Food on 7 April. I have asked my officials to consider the recommendations contained in the report having due regard to the t...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if all outstanding payments will be issued for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted five applications under the 2004 special beef premium scheme, in respect of a total of ten animals. Payment has issued in full in respect of these ten animals. No applicatio...More Button

Was asked: the total amount of entitlements under the single payment scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if she is aware that for the reference years 2000 to 2002, the land was owned and far...More Button

The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of both the new entrant and inheritance measures under the single payment scheme. Following processing of his application, the pe...More Button

Was asked: the reason the full entitlements under the single payment scheme for 2002 only has not been granted to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if she is aware that this person commenced farming ...More Button

The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of both the new entrant and inheritance measures under the single payment scheme. Following processing of his application the per...More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will receive additional quota from the national reserve.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 was established to consider and advise on application...More Button

Written Answers - Livestock Ownership Regulations.

Was asked: the legal authority, including EU and Irish regulations, which empowers her mandatorily to oblige livestock farmers of holdings run under a herd number registered in more than one name to cede legal a...More Button

Was asked: the legal authority, including EU and Irish regulations, under which she is empowered to force livestock owners in holdings governed by a herd number registered in more than one name to nominate only ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 294 and 307 together. Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000, which established a system for the iden...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when money will be awarded under the disease eradication scheme under the hardship fund for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The hardship grant is aimed at assisting eligible owners or keepers whose herds are restricted during the period 1 November to 30 April. Under the terms and conditions of the hardship grant 2004-05, p...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the way in which farmers who need to spread slurry on their own land may be affected by building development which is to occur on the boundaries of their land; if the REP scheme guidelines regarding t...More Button

It is a condition of REPS that slurry may not be spread within 50 m of any school grounds, public building or amenity area and that there must be no spreading of slurry within 1.5 m of any field bound...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not yet received a suckler cow payment; when it will be released; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted two applications under the 2004 special beef premium scheme in respect of a total of five animals. The first application, in respect of three animals, was received on 16 Jan...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if she will implement the findings of the recently published report on the early retirement scheme for farmers (details supplied).More Button

I received the report of the Oireachtas joint committee formally on 7 April. I have asked my officials to consider the recommendations in the report, having regard to the terms and conditions of the e...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Was asked: if new proposals are being discussed by the European Commission for a further extension of the disadvantaged areas scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The European Commission’s draft regulation governing for the post-2006 rural development framework proposes the reclassification of disadvantaged areas. This proposal responds to the European Court of...More Button

Written Answers - Horticulture Sector.

Was asked: the number of registered mushrooms growers here in 2002, 2003 and 2004.More Button

Was asked: the number of mushroom growers who have gone out of production over the past ten years; if research has been carried out to find alternative use for these valuable plastic tunnel type structures befor...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 300 and 304 together. The number of mushroom growers has decreased from 566 in 1995 to 228 in 2004. The rate of decline increased sharply since 2000. The numbers of gr...More Button

Was asked: if assistance will be given to the many mushroom growers who are facing a crisis due to the cheap imports of foreign produce; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The quantity of mushrooms imported into Ireland is not significant in terms of our overall production and imports tend to be exotic varieties to meet the demands of niche markets. Total mushroom produ...More Button

Written Answers - Agriculture Sector Developments.

Was asked: the measures she is considering to protect small farm producers of agricultural produce from low cost imports, including producers in the most recent round of EU accession states; and if she will make...More Button

Trade in agricultural products among member countries of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, is regulated by agreements concluded between the members of that organisation. Negotiations on a new agreeme...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the report on the early retirement scheme for farmers compiled by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture and Food; her views on this report; if she intends to...More Button

I received the report of the Oireachtas joint committee formally on 7 April. I have asked my officials to consider the recommendations in the report, having regard to the terms and conditions of the e...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the number of civil servants in her Department who have made settlements with the Revenue Commissioners as tax defaulters; her views on whether this is appropriate in view of her Department’s auditing...More Button

Compliance with the taxation code is primarily a matter for individual taxpayers and the Revenue Commissioners.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of herdowners who have entitlement under the new single farm payment scheme.More Button

The number of herdowners who currently have entitlements established under the single payment scheme is 136,985.More Button

Was asked: if she will review the level of suckler cow payment made to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named applied for premium on 34 animals under the 2004 suckler cow premium scheme. Under the terms and conditions of the scheme a producer may be paid premium on up to 1.8 reckonable livest...More Button

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

The person named has a reference amount of €52.80 under the single payment scheme. This amount will be payable to him provided he submits a single payment application form on or before 16 May with det...More Button

Was asked: the steps she is taking to rectify the anomaly created by the special beef premium overshoot; her plans to compensate farmers; the outcomes of discussions on the matter with the EU Commission; and if ...More Button

Was asked: if compensation and payment to affected farmers will be arranged in view of the decimating impact of the special beef premium overshoot on the farm income of many beef finishers.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 311 and 312 together. I made arrangements last month to expedite balancing payments to farmers affected by the special beef premium quota excess, based on an estimated...More Button

Written Answers - Compulsory Purchase Orders.

Was asked: her views on the farm consolidation and the impact of compulsory purchase orders on farm holdings; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Low levels of land mobility as well as the small, fragmented nature of farm holdings have always been regarded as obstacles to the development of a competitive agrifood sector. The development of an I...More Button


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