Coughlan, Mary

Wednesday, 28 September 2005

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 606 No. 10

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Estimates for Public Services 2005: Leave to Introduce.

I move: That leave be given by the Dáil to introduce the following Supplementary Estimate for the service of the year ending on 31 December 2005:— Vote 31 — (Agriculture and Food) (Supplementary Estim...More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2005: Referral to Select Committee.

I move: That, subject to leave being given to introduce the following Supplementary Estimate for the service of the year ending 31 December 2005, the Supplementary Estimate be referred to the Select C...More Button

Adoptive Leave Bill 2004 [Seanad]: Report Stage.

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not been given an opportunity to claim the single farm payment under force majeure for the years 1997, 1998 and 1999; and if she will make a...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 - Turbary Rights.

Was asked: if there is a bog plot credited to a person (details supplied) in County Galway in the Cloonmoylan bog; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the Irish Land Commission allocated bog plots i...More Button

A right of turbary was allotted in 1960 by the former Land Commission over a plot on this bog, which is part of the Clanricarde Estate, to a person with the same name and address as outlined in the qu...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects.

Was asked: if her Department will conduct a viability study into the possibility of producing bio-ethanol at the sugar plant in Mallow; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following the closure of its Carlow plant last March, Irish Sugar Limited has made arrangements to process the full Irish sugar quota at its Mallow plant, which has been upgraded for that purpose. The...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary.More Button

The son of the person named has been notified that the circumstances outlined in his application for force majeure-exceptional circumstances under Article 40 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003 d...More Button

Written Answers - Tuberculosis Incidence.

Was asked: if she will provide details of her latest Department figures on the number of tuberculosis reactors per 1,000 animals tested on a county basis each year from 1997 to date; and if she will make a state...More Button

The information requested has been forwarded to the Deputy. As can be seen from the following tabular statement, while there is some variation at county level, overall the incidence of TB has fallen c...More Button

Written Answers - Women in Agriculture.

Was asked: the recommendations from the report of the advisory committee on the role of women in agriculture which have been implemented to date; the further progress which remains to be achieved to fully implem...More Button

In 1999, my predecessor established an advisory committee to advise on the role of women in agriculture and rural communities. Membership of the advisory committee was drawn from a wide variety of rel...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary in relation to payments under the REP scheme.More Button

The person named is currently in the fourth year of his REPS 2 contract. The question relates to his REPS 1 contract, which commenced on 1 September 1995. A penalty imposed on him following an inspect...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if grants are available to agricultural shows to assist with the costs of putting them on; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has occasionally given a small measure of financial support to assist organisers of agricultural shows, and is prepared to continue to consider further requests on a case by case basis.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the name of each company which secured a contract over €100,000 in value with her Department in each of the past five years.More Button

The details of the companies in question are contained in the following schedule:More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a decision will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary.More Button

The named person is an applicant for grant aid under the farm waste management scheme. Documentation in support of his application for payment has been requested from the applicant by my Department. P...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if she will consider the case of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will further consider an appeal in order that this person can benefit from the early retirement schemes.More Button

It was a requirement of the 1994 scheme of early retirement from farming that an applicant have practised farming as a main occupation for the ten years before his-her retirement. For the purposes of ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will qualify as a force majeure case for entitlement to the single payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application on 28 October 2004 for consideration of his circumstances under the second tranche of the force majeure-exceptional circumstances measure of the single paymen...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) with an ACBI certificate is eligible for stamp duty relief on transfer of lands to young trained farmers; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland, ACBI, certificate award has not been placed on the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland’s — NQAI — framework. In the absence of this ACBI certificate ...More Button

Written Answers - Tuberculosis Incidence.

Was asked: her plans to introduce a badger tuberculosis vaccination trial; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

While the existing wildlife strategy has contributed to a reduction in the incidence of bovine TB, it is accepted that the development of a vaccine for badgers is as a prerequisite if eradication of t...More Button

Written Answers - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: if she will report on the national disease control programmes which are in place for bovine viral diarrhoea, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, paratuberculosis and Johne’s disease; the incidence of s...More Button

Bovine viral diarrhoea, BVD, is a disease of cattle caused by a pestivirus. The severity of disease depends on the age of the animal at the time of exposure to infection and may range from being mild ...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if she will increase the farm retirement pension; the reason it has not been increased in recent years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The rate of pension payable under the 1994 scheme of early retirement from farming is the maximum amount provided for by the EU Council regulation under which the scheme was introduced. My Department’...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the entitlements which are due to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payments under the single payment scheme are scheduled to commence on 1 December 2005. A single payment application form has been received from the registered herd owner together with an application t...More Button

Written Answers - Noxious Weeds.

Was asked: the date on which the Noxious Weeds Act 1936 was last reviewed; her plans to update this Act; the penalties under the Act in relation to the spread of ragwort; when penalties were last imposed under t...More Button

Was asked: the number of cases of ragwort which have been reported over the past year; the comparison figure of the number of reports received for each of the past five years; if an increase of ragwort nationwid...More Button

Was asked: the action which is being taken by local authorities under the Noxious Weeds Act, 1936 to control the spread of ragwort in 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 857, 859 and 864 together. The Noxious Weeds Act 1936 provides for the control of the spread of the following six weeds, including ragwort: thistle, ragwort and dock —...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received their suckler cow premium and area based compensatory allowance payment for 2004; when this payment will issue.More Button

An application for premium on 36 animals under the 2004 suckler cow premium scheme was lodged under the above herd number on 28 April 2004. The advance payment of €4,841.64 issued on 18 October 2004. ...More Button

Written Answers - Veterinary Inspection Service.

Was asked: the number of veterinary inspectors in County Mayo for each of the past five years employed by her Department.More Button

The number of veterinary inspectors employed by my Department in County Mayo during the years in question is as follows.More Button

Written Answers - Abattoir Closures.

Was asked: the number of abattoirs in County Mayo for each of the past five years; the number of premises which have closed down each year; the reason for their closures; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

Of the abattoirs approved for export trade and which come under the operational responsibility of my Department there were three such abattoirs operating in each of the years 2001 and 2002. This numbe...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be supplied with a copy of their original application for the special beef premium.More Button

In response to the original provisional statement of entitlements under the single payment scheme, which issued to the person named detailing 36.18 entitlements, with a single payment value of €8,979....More Button

Was asked: when the special beef premium appeal will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Appeals require individual examination and are dealt with in the order in which they are received. This appeal was received in the agriculture appeals office on 5 September 2005 and was assigned to an...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal lodged by a person (details supplied) in County Limerick in 2005 in respect of the EU single payment.More Button

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

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in relation to the imposition of a penalty in respect of the 2004 EU bovine premium scheme.More Button

The person named applied for premium on 32 animals under the 2004 suckler cow premium scheme, 29 animals under the special beef premium scheme and 12 animals under the slaughter premium scheme. At an ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not been awarded their beef premium.More Button

The person named submitted two applications under the 2004 special beef premium scheme, in respect of a total of four animals, the equivalent of 2.4 livestock units. Having submitted an area aid appli...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved and awarded the farm early retirement scheme.More Button

Payment of the pension to the person named will commence on 30 September, and will include arrears of pension from 12 July 2005, the date of her application.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a grant in respect of a slatted house will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

The application for payment by the above-named person for grant aid under the farm waste management scheme is currently being examined within my Department. Payment will issue when it is established t...More Button

Was asked: when a grant in respect of a milking parlour will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

The person concerned is an applicant for grant-aid under the dairy hygiene scheme in respect of improvements to his milking parlour. This work has not been approved, as the works were not completed to...More Button

Written Answers - Food Labelling.

Was asked: her plans to ensure full and adequate labelling and traceability of Irish farm produce especially beef; her views on reports of some hotels and restaurants falsely selling and advertising imported bee...More Button

Traceability and labelling of Irish farm produce is an area accorded priority by my Department. Sophisticated traceability systems for cattle, sheep and pigs have been developed and implemented in rec...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

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

Payments under the single payment scheme are scheduled to commence on 1 December 2005. An application received from the person named has been fully processed with an area determined for payment purpos...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: if she will report on the actions taken by her Department to resolve the issues regarding the farm of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if she will outline the co-operation given to date...More Button

Following concerns expressed by a small number of farmers regarding animal production on individual farms in County Kilkenny and, in accordance with an established protocol, investigations involving a...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if the special beef premium will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This case has been under review in my Department and it has been decided, given the circumstances involved, that the proposed penalty will not be applied. The application in question will be further p...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the case of persons (details supplied) in County Tipperary who applied for assistance under the single payment scheme.More Button

An application for consideration under the force majeure-exceptional circumstances measure of the single payment scheme was submitted by the registered herd owner — the second person named — on 6 Febr...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the non-granting to date of slaughter premium for two animals for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when the premium will be granted; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

The two animals in question were exported from the EU by the person named and, thus, were potentially eligible under the slaughter premium scheme. Following standard computer validation of all animals...More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: if she will provide a list of the Acts or sections or other provisions of Acts coming wholly or partly under the auspices of her Department, or for the commencement of which her Department is wholly o...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following schedule. ScheduleMore Button

Written Answers - Organic Farming.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the investigation carried out by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in the United Kingdom on the effect of agricultural chemicals when sprayed on farmer...More Button

I am aware of the report and of the concerns raised relating to potential risks associated with crop spraying. The report, commissioned in June 2004, was published on 22 September 2005. Time will be r...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when she intends to publish the animal health Bill; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is continuing to draft the animal health Bill. I am not in a position, at this stage, to say when the Bill will be published.More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Was asked: her plans for the modulation fund under the single farm payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

For 2006, I have decided that the modulated funds should be used on a once-off payment under the disadvantaged areas scheme. This requires EU approval and is under current consideration by the EU Comm...More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: further to Question No. 197 of 10 February 2005 her plans to include the Irish Horse Board under the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Proposals to extend the Freedom of Information Act to a further group of public bodies are being completed by the Department of Finance. Pending publication of the details, the Department of Finance d...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: when she will respond to correspondence (details supplied) forwarded to her office; the reason for the delay in replying to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of both the new entrant and inheritance measures of the single payment scheme. There were no entitlements established on the land...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if she has agreed the rules covering the allocation of the national reserve with the farming organisations; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her plans for the allocation of entitlements under the national reserve; when she intends to issue the entitlements; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 883 and 888 together. A meeting of the single payment advisory committee comprising representatives from my Department, Teagasc and the farming bodies was held recentl...More Button

Was asked: further to Question No. 234 of 29 September 2004, the grant aid returned to her Department by the company; the total grant aid paid to the company in the past ten years; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Discussions are ongoing between Enterprise Ireland and the company on the contingent liability arising from the decision to discontinue the slaughtering and boning activities at Roosky, County Roscomm...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 127 of 14 April 2005, when she intends to complete an evaluation of the number of staff to be relocated to Drumshanbo, County Leitrim; if her Department has come ...More Button

Following an evaluation of staff numbers for the Drumshanbo office an accommodation brief was sent to the Office of Public Works in July last. It is envisaged the new office will accommodate 45 staff ...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: the number of tuberculosis reactor animals in each of the years 2001 to date; the number with visible lesions; the number of animals culled and the number found positive; and if she will make a statem...More Button

The following table sets out the information requested for 2001 to 2004. Corresponding figures for 2005 are not yet available. Ireland’s bovine tuberculosis eradication programme comprises a comprehen...More Button

Was asked: her plans for the ram genotyping programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I recently announced a number of enhancements to the voluntary national genotype programme, NGP. These enhancements, which came into effect on 1 September and will continue until 18 November, are desi...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Waste Management.

Was asked: when she intends to introduce new grant rates provided to farmers under the CFP scheme in view of the increasing cost of steel and the demands which will be placed on farmers due to the nitrates direc...More Button

Was asked: when the 70% grant aid will be available towards pollution control and slurry accommodation; if the grant will include the farm building; if she has considered increasing the size of building that can...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 889 and 894 together. I recently announced the outline of a proposed revised farm waste management scheme to assist farmers meet the additional requirements of the nit...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their special beef premium, suckler cow premium and extensification for 2004.More Button

While the person named applied on six animals under the 2003 suckler cow premium scheme four of those animals were ineligible and, under clause 40(b)(iii) of the terms and conditions of the 2003 schem...More Button

Was asked: when the EU extensification premium for 2003 and 2004 will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

Under EU regulations, extensification premia for 2003 and 2004 may be paid only where the stocking density of a holding does not exceed 1.80 livestock units per hectare. Since the stocking density of ...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare.

Was asked: if consideration has been given to transferring a number of endangered wild goats to islands off the Kerry coast.More Button

I have no statutory responsibility for the protection of feral goats nor do I have a statutory basis on which I could introduce legislation for the protection of these animals.More Button

Written Answers - Direct Payment Schemes.

Was asked: the number of herd inspections which have been carried out in each county in the past 12 months; if she is satisfied that ordinary farmers are being treated fairly; the percentage in each of the count...More Button

The position is that 18,475 scheme inspections were carried out in Ireland under the 2004 direct payment regime. The details at county level which have been requested are being prepared and will be se...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if she intends to end the farm retirement scheme; if so, the reason for this decision; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The EU Council regulation covering the current early retirement scheme will expire in December 2006. Take-up has fallen short of expectations and an expenditure review of the scheme carried out in my ...More Button

Written Answers - Genetically Modified Organisms.

Was asked: if she will make a statement on the implications for farming here of the decision to allow the importation into the EU of a genetically modified oilseed rape as animal food.More Button

The European Commission authorised on 31 August 2005 the importation, processing and placing on the market of the genetically modified oilseed rape — known as GT73 — for use in animal feed or for indu...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) in County Galway have had a 10% penalty imposed by her Department as a result of a farm inspection for the REP scheme; if her attention has been drawn to the fact...More Button

A penalty has been imposed on the persons named because they had not carried out certain undertakings in their REPS plan in respect of the farmyard. They have appealed the penalty to the agriculture a...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a special beef premium scheme appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be finalised.More Button

Appeals require individual examination and are dealt with in the order in which they are received. This appeal was received in the agriculture appeals office on 26 August 2005 and was assigned to an a...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a year two payment under REP scheme 3.More Button

There has been no delay in this case. The application was lodged in late July this year, processing has been completed and payment has issued.More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: if breeding rams that were scrapie-monitored prior to September 2005 qualify for grant assistance; if not, if she will include such applications in the scheme (details supplied); and if she will make ...More Button

The recently announced enhancements to the national genotype programme apply only to those sheep genotyped between 1 September 2005 and 18 November 2005. The enhancements include the payment of a flat...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if an application for the retirement scheme from farming by a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will be reviewed.More Button

The application by the person named for the early retirement scheme was incomplete at the time of application, and it remains incomplete. Evidence that his farming transferee and the transferee’s fath...More Button

Written Answers - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: the situation with regard to introducing an effective scheme to deal with Johne’s disease (details supplied).More Button

Following my Department’s decision in 2003 to discontinue the policy of slaughtering affected animals, with consequent compensation payment, a strategic review of the optimal approach to tackling the ...More Button

Written Answers - Commonage Division.

Was asked: the reason a number of applicants involved in the dispute over commonage land at Glenahiry, Clonmel, County Waterford were awarded their area aid applications while others were not; the attempts which...More Button

Claimants on the Glenahiry commonage have been in dispute over a number of years. Until the dispute is settled, claimants can ask my Department to remove the commonage area concerned from their area a...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: if she will ensure that no penalties are imposed on the REP scheme of a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named has been advised that a penalty may be imposed as a result of an inspection. In keeping with normal practice, he was asked for his comments on the issue prior to a final decision bein...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Sligo has received their full area aid payment; when all outstanding payments will be released; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named applied for premium on ten animals under the 2004 suckler cow premium scheme. Payments amounting to €1,318.00 and €878.67 issued on 19 October 2004 and 21 April 2005 respectively. The...More Button

Was asked: if she will waive the penalties imposed on a person (details supplied) in County Sligo; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Given the medical evidence submitted, it has been decided that no penalties will be applied in this instance and that the application of the person named will be processed with a view to payment at an...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the position in relation to the draft regulations designed to transpose EU directive 2004-28-EU into Irish law; in view of the draconian nature of the interpretation by the Department of this directiv...More Button

There appears to be a misunderstanding at the heart of this question. The position is that the draft regulations circulated by my Department will not, other than in the case of intramammary antibiotic...More Button


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