Coughlan, Mary

Tuesday, 18 October 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 607 No. 97

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Draft Animal Remedies Regulations 2005: Motion.

I never hid behind any man’s coat tails and have no intention of doing so.More Button

I certainly will not be hiding behind that.More Button

The Deputy certainly will.More Button

I will have a great weakness after that.More Button

I move amendment No. 1: To delete all words after “Dáil Éireann” and substitute the following: “—notes that the draft regulations relating to veterinary medicines circulated by the Department of Agric...More Button

Full consultation will be held with all stakeholders on the matter at that stage and before a final decision is made. If I had not made these public statements, I could perhaps understand the reason t...More Button

The suggestion that the draft regulations will facilitate the creation of a monopoly in the sale of veterinary medicines is equally groundless. Intramammaries are the only current products which will ...More Button

The Deputy does not like to hear the truth. At one extreme, if my Department is successful in securing criteria which permit us to retain most of the existing range of medicines off­prescription, it m...More Button

However, we have gone back to the Commission pointing out the consequences which could flow from a ban. I have asked the Commissioner to consider a more flexible interpretation. The House will be awar...More Button

The fiction is on the other side.More Button

He might put in the boot.More Button

They are nearly finished.More Button

They are.More Button

No.More Button

Coming from a Border area, I understand the problem.More Button

Written Answers - Coillte Training Courses.

Was asked: the reason for the exclusion of persons from the harvesting and haulage sector of Irish forestry from the extensive training courses provided by Coillte between 1998 and 2002, inclusive; and if she wi...More Button

Was asked: the categories of persons in the forestry sector who availed of training courses provided by Coillte between 1998 and 2002, inclusive; the numbers involved in each category; and if she will make a sta...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 609 and 610 together. Tables giving details of the categories and numbers of those who availed of courses provided by Coillte in each of the calendar years requested a...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their disadvantaged area payment.More Button

An application under the disadvantaged areas scheme was received from the person named on 16 May 2005. Following computer validation, the application of the person named was randomly selected for, and...More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota.

Was asked: her views on whether allocation of a milk quota under the restructuring scheme using age as a criteria is age discrimination.More Button

The purpose of the new entrant or recent entrant category under the milk quota restructuring scheme is to encourage the assimilation of younger farmers into dairying in order to provide for the future...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when area based payments will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the disadvantaged areas scheme was received from the person named on 16 May 2005. Following computer validation, a payment of €1,205.17 issued to the person named on 23 September ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will be awarded their area aid headage payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the disadvantaged areas scheme was received from the person named on 10 May 2005. Following computer validation, it was found that one parcel which had been included by the person...More Button

Written Answers -

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will be awarded their area aid headage payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the disadvantaged areas scheme was received from the person in question on 14 April 2005. Following computer validation, it was found that two land parcels, which had been claimed...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive the grant payment for a slatted shed.More Button

The person named is an applicant under the farm waste management scheme. Payment was made by the Department of Agriculture and Food to the person concerned on 12 October 2005.More Button

Written Answers - Afforestation Programme.

Was asked: the requirements for valid appeals against afforestation permissions.More Button

The forest service of the Department of Agriculture and Food operates a public consultation procedure for afforestation proposals in environmentally sensitive areas, as defined under the European Comm...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the staffing details of the forestry appeals unit set up in January 2002 to process appeals against decisions of her Department to approve afforestation projects; the number and circumstances of the c...More Button

The appeals procedure is handled by an administrative unit of the forest service. The unit is staffed by one higher executive officer, 50% of time and one clerical officer. The appeals committee compr...More Button

Written Answers - Appeals System.

Was asked: if, as stated by An Taisce, her Department is not conforming to paragraph 13, Part V of SI 538 of 2001(details supplied) in view of the fact that to inform an objector may result in the loss of their ...More Button

Under the consultation procedure operated under SI 538 of 2001 a specified statutory body or a member of the public may object to approval of an afforestation project in a designated environmentally ...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the details of the forthcoming legislation her Department started in 2002 to provide for a statutory basis for the appeals against decisions to permit afforestation.More Button

There have been significant changes in the forestry sector in recent years and a comprehensive review of forestry legislation is underway. When that process is concluded, the drafting of a forestry Bi...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare is experiencing enormous problems having their entitlements accessed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named was not an applicant under the livestock premia and-or arable aid schemes during 2000 to 2002 or earlier during 1997 to 1999. Consequently, no entitlements under the single payment sc...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the rates of overtime or additional allowances payable to staff who work in her Departments press office in respect of persons being on call and their additional attendance at work before or after nor...More Button

The press officer is paid an allowance of €7,500 per annum. No other allowances are paid to staff in the press office. Overtime, when it arises, is paid at normal Civil Service rates.More Button

Was asked: the amounts of ex gratia payments made to staff in her Department’s press office in respect of persons being on-call and their additional attendance at work before or after normal hours; and if she wi...More Button

No ex gratia payments are made to staff in the Department of Agriculture and Food’s press office in respect of on-call or additional attendance other than an allowance of €7,500 paid to the press offi...More Button

Was asked: the amount of compensatory leave granted or due to be granted to staff in her Department; the individuals to whom they were granted in respect of additional attendance at work before or after normal h...More Button

Responsibility for approval of leave is a matter for line managers in the Department of Agriculture and Food. It is not possible to collate the information requested by the Deputy within the available...More Button

Was asked: if the personnel files of staff in her Department have been copied or given to external parties; if so, the safeguards which have been put in place to ensure that no personal data of any member of sta...More Button

The personnel files in the Department of Agriculture and Food are confidential and are not copied or given to external parties.More Button

Was asked: the number of staff in her Department to whom leave of absence, or any other absence from normal duties or place of work, in excess of two months was granted for educational purposes in any year since...More Button

The following table gives the breakdown of leave of absences granted for educational purposes in the Department of Agriculture and Food.More Button

Was asked: the number of staff who applied for a refund of course fees in respect of courses undertaken at night or evenings; the value of refunds expected to be made by her Department in 2005; the number of sta...More Button

In the Department of Agriculture and Food, 185 staff applied for a refund of course fees in respect of courses undertaken at night or in the evenings during the 2004-05 academic year. The sum of €254,...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the proportion of her Department’s training budget that is spent on refunds to staff in respect of night-time or weekend study courses; the list of all courses funded by her Department in the past thr...More Button

The Department of Agriculture and Food administers the refund of academic fees scheme, under which staff can claim fee refunds in respect of attendance at, and completion of, approved second and third...More Button

Was asked: the amount spent by her Department on briefcases; the amount refunded to staff in her Department in respect of purchases of briefcases; the number of staff who have received briefcases; the number of ...More Button

The Department of Agriculture and Food has spent a total of €6,139.88 on 191 briefcases since 1 January 2003. These briefcases have been supplied to officers of the Department for official use in the ...More Button

Was asked: the number of personal digital assistants provided to staff in her Department; the cost of same; the cost of the most expensive personal digital assistant purchased to date; the grades to which these ...More Button

My Department has purchased some 85 PDA devices for over 4,000 staff. The vast majority cost of some €600 each and the most expensive was approximately €735. The majority of these devices were purchas...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff in each general service and Department grade in her Department who have been exempt for a period in excess of six months from attending meetings, dealing with correspondence, deali...More Button

In so far as I can ascertain in the timeframe available there are no staff in my Department who may be exempt from normal duties such as attending meetings, dealing with correspondence and telephone q...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

Was asked: her plans to resolve the situation where farmers, having paid a levy on bale wrap plastic, have had no service where proper waste management of plastics is a condition of REPS payments; and the measur...More Button

The disposal of waste materials generally is covered by the Waste Management Acts 1996-2005, which apply to all sectors of society including the agricultural sector, and is a matter for the Minister f...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount paid to a consultancy company (details supplied) in respect of each year since 2000; the details of each of the contracts and services provided; the nature of the controls applied in the pr...More Button

The Department has availed of subscription services from the company for access to independent research. The Department has used this subscription service as a source of information in relation to the...More Button

Was asked: the amount paid to a consultancy company (details supplied) in respect of each year since 2000; the details of each of the contracts and services provided; the nature of the controls applied in the pr...More Button

I refer the Deputy to the following table. The vast majority of items in the table relate to contracted software development resources rather than consultancy.More Button

Written Answers - Beef Imports.

Was asked: the amount of beef imported in to the EU and Ireland from Brazil; the measures she proposes to protect the food supply here in view of the recent disease problems in Brazil.More Button

Following confirmation of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in cattle and pigs on a farm in the Eldorado district of Mato Grosso do Sul in the southern part of Brazil, the European Commission pres...More Button

Was asked: the amount and country of origin of all meat and meat products imported into Ireland from outside the EU.More Button

The Central Statistics Office is responsible for the collection of statistics in relation to imports of meat and meat products. The following tables, which were compiled from data supplied by that off...More Button


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