Coughlan, Mary

Tuesday, 25 April 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 618 No. 1

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Written Answers - Animal Feedstuffs.

Was asked: her views on the recent decision of the European Food Safety Authority to allow the use of formaldehyde, a human carcinogen, as a growth enhancer in chicken feed; the steps she will be taking to ensur...More Button

Feed additives are regulated at EU level under Regulation (EC) 1831/2004. Formaldehyde is authorised for use as a preservative in skim milk for use in pig nutrition. Following an application for autho...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: further to decentralisation to Macroom, if Macroom is on a priority list; the number of civil servants who have agreed to go there; and if land has been purchased in that area.More Button

Was asked: the progress which has been made regarding the proposed decentralisation of the Department of Agriculture and Food staff to a location (details supplied) in County Cork; the number of staff who have v...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 551 and 599 together. The Decentralisation Implementation Group, DIG, in its report to the Minister for Finance in June 2005 indicated that construction of my Departme...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the position regarding the EU single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork who did not consolidate his entitlements and who has in recent weeks submitted the necessary ...More Button

The person named submitted an application under the single payment scheme on 13 May 2005 in respect of 67.10 entitlements. However, payment in the amount of €22,074.77 issued in respect of only 56.66 ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if it is possible for personnel in her Department who are currently working in Dublin to be considered for a transfer to PULSE in Castlebar, County Mayo.More Button

I understand from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform that applications from officers wishing to transfer to the Garda information service centre in Castlebar will be dealt with in the ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in payment of a 2005 REP scheme grant for a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

This holding was chosen for a full plan check and on-farm inspection. Arising from this inspection, my Department notified the person named, in mid-December last, that he would have to submit an amend...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: if she intends to extend the farm retirement scheme when the current scheme ceases on 31 December 2006; if, in introducing a new scheme, she would considering increasing the rate of pension; and if sh...More Button

The EU Council regulation covering the current early retirement scheme will expire in December 2006. The Council regulation on rural development for the period from 2007 to 2013 includes provision for...More Button

Written Answers - Afforestation Programme.

Was asked: the way in which she proposes to promote forestry, particularly on bad land on the Atlantic seaboard; if such trees can eventually be used for the manufacture of paper here; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Forestry is promoted through the provision of a comprehensive package of incentives and supports, through funding for Teagasc and COFORD, and through focused promotional campaigns. The current package...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason the single farm payment has not issued to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will expedite this payment.More Button

Was asked: if the single farm payment will be expedited for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 557 and 595 together. As the person named did not submit an application form for the transfer of entitlements by way of inheritance, an official of my Department has b...More Button

Was asked: if she will have the costings upon which a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath was awarded a grant towards his on-farm investment reviewed as it is clear that the costings upon which this gr...More Button

The person concerned applied for grant-aid under the farm waste management scheme on 30 August 2005. Under the conditions of the scheme, the standard costings at the time of issue of my Department’s a...More Button

Was asked: if there are further developments in the issue of final payment to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary under the single payment scheme.More Button

The application under the 2005 single payment scheme in this case has now been fully processed and the final payment has issued.More Button

Was asked: the progress to date on the national reserve application by a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

The person named applied to the single payment scheme national reserve 2005 under categories B and C. Category B caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19 October 2003, made an investment ...More Button

Written Answers - Official Engagements.

Was asked: the details of her travels abroad for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations; the people who travelled with her in their official party; the duration of the visit; and the cost.More Button

I visited Prague in the Czech Republic from 16 to 19 March where I was the guest of honour at the ambassador’s St. Patrick’s Day reception for senior representatives from the business, trade and touri...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the outcome of an application for extra suckler quota from the national reserve for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the single payment scheme national reserve under category B which caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if she will confirm having received correspondence from a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; if, in this context, she will pursue the suggestion contained therein that some regulation conc...More Button

I am aware of the correspondence to which the Deputy refers. Under the provisions of The European Communities (Equine Stud-Book and Competition) Regulations 2004, SI 399 of 2004, I am empowered to gra...More Button

Written Answers - On-farm Inspections.

Was asked: if she will honour her undertaking, given to the Milk Rights Group at a meeting in Ballymote, that she would consider allowing ten days notice being given before an on-farm inspection by her Departmen...More Button

Was asked: the notice a Department inspector must give to a person before they call for an on-farm inspection, including the inspection of the herd register and so on.More Button

Was asked: if farmers who are having farm inspections should get at least ten days notice to get work done that weather and other inconveniences had prevented them from doing; if the EC directive will not allow ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 564 to 566, inclusive, together. In so far as inspections under the single payment scheme are concerned, the regulations state that notification may be given where the...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

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

The person named submitted an application for consideration of her circumstances under the force majeure-exceptional circumstances measure of the single payment scheme. This application and subsequent...More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota.

Was asked: the amount she has paid out on advertising the milk quota restructuring for 2006; her views on whether her new proposal for milk quota sales through agents, marts and so on will virtually kill off thi...More Button

The 2006 milk quota restructuring scheme is the second year of a two-year restructuring programme. The public notice announcing the 2006 scheme was published in four national newspapers and the direct...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

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

The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of the inheritance measure of the single payment scheme. Following processing of his application, he was notified that his applic...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will qualify for a top-up grant for young farmers; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named is an applicant under the farm waste management scheme. To qualify for the top-up grant for young farmers, an application must be received by my Department within a period of five yea...More Button

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

An application under the single payment scheme was received from the person named on 4 May 2005. The application has now been processed and payment will issue shortly.More Button

Written Answers - Organic Farming.

Was asked: the number of organic operators registered with her Department in each of the years since and including 2000; the number of inspections that have taken place of such operators in each of the years in ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:More Button

Was asked: the procedures in place to ensure that organic imports from non-EU countries without equivalence recognition are being produced under the same rules for organic produce as specified for Irish producer...More Button

At present there are six non-EU countries authorised by the Commission as having equivalent production rules and controls to the EU for certain categories of organic product. These products, provided ...More Button

Written Answers - Afforestation Programme.

Was asked: if her Department will re-examine a forestry application for a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that the application in question was recently reviewed under the Forest Service appeals facility. As a result, an alternative planting proposal is currently awaited from the applicant.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the position regarding the EU single payment scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Cork in view of the documentation recently submitted.More Button

The person named had previously requested consideration to transfer entitlements by way of lease of lands and entitlements — private contract clause — and was notified that the application was unsucce...More Button

Was asked: the single farm payment entitlements of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the payment received and amount outstanding; and if this person was paid on his full quota entitlements.More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application to the national reserve by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 576 and 577 together. An application under the 2005 single payment scheme was received from the person named on 20 April 2005, on which 22.47 eligible hectares were de...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a single payment application by 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 the transfer of entitlements by way of inheritance under the single payment scheme. Following processing of his application, the applicant was requested o...More Button

Was asked: the payments which are due to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary under the single payment scheme.More Button

The person named submitted an application for a re-examination of his entitlements under the scission measure of the 2005 single payment scheme following the cessation of a farm partnership. The sciss...More Button

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

An application under the 2005 single payment scheme was received from the person named on 5 May 2005. The person named also submitted a private contract clause application under the 2005 scheme. As th...More Button

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

An application under the 2005 single payment scheme was received from the person named on 14 April 2005. During initial processing of the application, issues arose which required to be satisfactorily ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cavan will receive his payments regarding his sheep flock and whose dispute with her Department was settled by the appeals office in 2005 but whose entitleme...More Button

Following a successful appeal to the agriculture appeals office, the person named was deemed to have been assigned a flock number in December 2002. Under both the 2003 and 2004 ewe premium schemes, th...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare.

Was asked: the length of time an injured swan was left on a roadside in Dublin before receiving treatment; if the swan was tested for avian flu; if so, the date on which it was tested; if the collision of the sw...More Button

The matter referred to by the Deputy was reported to my Department through the avian influenza helpline around midday on Sunday morning, 9 April, when a call for assistance was received from the Garda...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when payment of the farm waste management grant will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The application by the above named person for grant aid under the farm waste management scheme received on 7 October 2004 is currently being processed within my Department following completion of the ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork was approved for single farm payment; the reason for the delay in issuing payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application for the transfer of entitlements by way of private contract clause under the single payment scheme. The application of the person named was successful and pay...More Button

Was asked: when payment of the EU single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

An application under the single payment scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2005. Under EU legislation, to draw down the full single payment, an applicant must declare an eligible hect...More Button

Was asked: if she will approve a grant application under the farm development grant scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The person concerned is an applicant under the farm waste management scheme. It is a fundamental requirement of the scheme that aid will not be granted where work is commenced before written approval ...More Button

Was asked: the reason the full transfer of entitlements by way of private contract clause has not been awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the further reason the standard entitlements of €14...More Button

The person named submitted an application form for consideration in respect of the transfer of entitlements by way of private contract clause. Following processing of his application the applicant was...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork was approved for single farm payment; the reasons for the delay in issuing payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted applications for consideration in respect of the new entrant and inheritance measures of the single payment scheme. During the processing of his applications the applicant w...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare.

Was asked: if, arising from a previous parliamentary question, where she states that her Department does not have responsibility for the protection and welfare of non-farm animals such as cats; the Department wh...More Button

My Department’s statutory responsibility in the welfare and protection of animals relates to animals kept for farming purposes and does not extend to animals kept as pets. The Protection of Animals Ac...More Button

Was asked: if the ex gratia payments to animal rescue services have been reduced for the current year; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has in recent years made ex gratia payments to a number of appropriate bodies involved in the actual delivery of animal care and welfare services throughout the country. The funding avai...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick for allocation of entitlements from single payment national reserve category C.More Button

The person named applied to the single payment scheme national reserve 2005 under category C. Category C caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19 October 2003, sold their milk quota into ...More Button

Written Answers - Suckler Cow Quota.

Was asked: the outcome of an application for extra suckler cow quota from the national reserve for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The person named submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements from the single payment scheme national reserve under category B which caters for farmers who, between 1 January 2000 and 19...More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota.

Was asked: the outcome of an application to the milk quota tribunal in the year 2005-06 quota year for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

Allocations of milk quota from the national reserve are granted on the basis of recommendations from the milk quota appeals ribunal. The tribunal examines and makes recommendations on applications for...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason the single farm payment has not been paid to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; if there is other documentation to be submitted by this person; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

An official of my Department has been in direct contact with the person named and advised him as to the documentation which must be submitted to allow the transfer of the entitlements in question. The...More Button

Was asked: further to Question No. 201 of 24 November 2005, when payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Cork; the amount that will be paid; 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 nineteen animals. The first application, in respect of ten animals, was received on 4 Ma...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the single farm payment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; if she will intervene in the matter; the amount which will be awarded; when same will be awarded; and if...More Button

An application under the single payment scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2005. The person named submitted an application requesting consideration in respect of the inheritance measu...More Button

Was asked: when a single farm payment will issue to a person, details supplied, in County Tipperary; the reason for delay to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application for consideration in respect of the inheritance measure of the single payment scheme. Following processing of his application, he was notified on 21 April 200...More Button

Written Answers - Legal Disputes.

Was asked: if a detailed response to correspondence, details supplied, will be furnished; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have reviewed the correspondence in this case. I appreciate that the issues involved have caused some considerable distress to the persons named above. Officials in my Department have considered thi...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when she intends to issue the outstanding decisions under the national reserve; the number of applicants awaiting a decision; the number with outstanding queries; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

The position is that some 17,500 farmers submitted applications to the national reserve but when account is taken of the number of farmers who applied under two or more categories, over 23,000 files h...More Button

Was asked: when the 2005 single payment will be issued to a person, details supplied, in County Sligo; if she will ensure that the lodged documentations will be processed; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

The person named submitted an application for the transfer of entitlements by way of inheritance under the single payment scheme. Following the initial processing of her application, she was requested...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person, details supplied, in County Sligo has been penalised on their 2005 single farm payment and area based compensation allowance; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the ...More Button

An application under the disadvantaged areas scheme and single payment scheme was received from the person named on 4 May 2005. Following computer validation, it emerged that one parcel which had been...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person, details supplied, has not received a single payment; the amount that will be issued; when payment will be released; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application for the transfer of entitlements by way of inheritance under the single payment scheme. Following processing of that application, the person named was notifie...More Button

Was asked: her plans to increase forestry premiums for persons that entered the scheme in 1989 as no increase has been granted; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am currently examining the appropriate level of forestry premium, in the context of the overall package of incentives which are available from my Department.More Button

Was asked: when a single farm payment will be made available to a person, details supplied, in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application under the force majeure measure of the single payment scheme on 6 February 2004. Having examined the circumstances and documentation submitted by him, it was ...More Button

Was asked: the reason persons, details supplied, in County Mayo were refused additional entitlements in view of the fact that they have increased their production over the years.More Button

The persons named submitted an application for consideration of their circumstances under the force majeure-exceptional circumstances measure of the single payment scheme. Following careful examinatio...More Button

Was asked: when final payment will issue to a person, details supplied, in County Tipperary under the single payment scheme.More Button

The person named submitted an application under the single payment scheme on 4 May 2005. While the herd number quoted had established 102.97 entitlements, payment in the amount of €6,989.15 in respect...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person, details supplied, in County Clare has not received their single payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application under the force majeure measure of the single payment scheme on 6 February 2004. Having examined the circumstances and documentation submitted, it was deemed ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if her Department has sought legal advice from outside legal advisers and the fees paid to each such legal advisers in 2004 and 2005.More Button

On occasion and with the consent of the Office of the Attorney General, outside legal advisers have been engaged by my Department for the provision of specific legal advice. The details for 2004 and 2...More Button

Was asked: the legal advisers or other qualified lawyers employed in a professional capacity by State bodies under the aegis of her Department.More Button

The recruitment of staff, including legal advisers and other qualified legal personnel, by the State bodies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for the bodies concerned. While I ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if her Department has legal advisers of its own, naming the officers in question; and the reason effect has not been given to the recommendation in the report of the review into the law offices of the...More Button

My Department has a legal services division with three solicitors, which liaises with the Office of the Attorney General in respect of the provision of legal advice to my Department, as circumstances ...More Button


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