Smith, Brendan

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 671 No. 1

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal that the Dáil shall sit later than 8.30 p.m. be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 24, Report and Final Stages of the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2008, be agreed to.”
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Estimates for Public Services 2008: 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 the 31st day of December, 2008: Vote 31 — Agriculture, Fisheries and Foo...More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2008.

I move: Vote 31 — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Second Supplementary Estimate). That a supplementary sum not exceeding €50,000,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payme...More Button

No, not in this instance.More Button

Finance (No. 2) Bill 2008: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.

Question put.
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Housing: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment again put.
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Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the results of the data obtained by the sustainable management of interactions between aquaculture and wild salmonid fish funded by the EU and partnered between Ire...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the recommendations of the high level sea lice monitoring and control working group which was established by the then Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources i...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 562 and 571 together. Since the transfer of fisheries functions to my Department, work has continued on this issue and in May of this year my Department published a St...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason for delay in rural environment protection scheme payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; when payment will be made; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007–13 and is subject to different EU Regulations from the preceding versions of REPS. Under REPS 4, all payments are to be made in j...More Button

Was asked: if he made an initial order to pay REP scheme four payments in November 2008; and if so, the reason applicants have been told not to expect payment until January 2009. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to different EU Regulations from the preceding versions of REPS. Under REPS 4, all payments are to be made in j...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: if he will identify the person permitting processes within his Department that are not in line with EU Directive 2003/35/EC on public participation in environmental decision making; and the action he...More Button

The Public Participation Directive (PPD) was issued by the European Commission in order to provide members of the public with opportunities to participate on the permitting and ongoing regulation of c...More Button

Written Answers - Afforestation Programme.

Was asked: the reason Ireland no longer avails of European funding for the forestry programme here taking into consideration the requirement for Departments to reduce expenditure; and the cost to the Exchequer ...More Button

The provision of 100% grants for the establishment costs of afforestation has been a key element of national forestry policy and is considered essential to overcome the traditional reluctance to plant...More Button

Written Answers - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent report of the Court of Auditors on the failure of cross compliance (details supplied); and if he proposes to publish for farmers the precise obligations ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent report of the Court of Auditors on the failure of cross compliance; and if he will assure the Houses of the Oireachtas that Ireland is not one of the mem...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of monitoring of cross compliance to recipients of CAP since 2005 to date in 2008. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 567 to 569, inclusive, together. I am aware of the report referred to by the Deputy. My Department conducted a series of countrywide information meetings for farmers ...More Button

Written Answers - Aquaculture Development.

Was asked: the reason Ireland no longer avails of European funding for the aquaculture industry, taking into consideration the requirement for Departments to reduce expenditure; and the cost to the Exchequer th...More Button

The total aid available to Ireland under the EFF amounts to €42 million for the period 2007 — 2013. In line with this funding, an Operational Programme for Fisheries in support of the seafood indust...More Button

Was asked: if he will recall for assessment aquaculture licenses which operations have been conclusively linked to mortalities of wild salmon by the sustainable management of interactions between aquaculture an...More Button

The monitoring and control of aquaculture licences is carried out by my Department in consultation with those bodies, BIM and Marine Institute, provided by statute to carry out that function. All rele...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

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

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to different EU Regulations from the preceding versions of REPS. Under REPS 4, all payments are to be made in j...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Waste Management.

Was asked: the moneys paid to date or already committed for payment in 2008 for the farm waste management grant; the moneys available for applications outstanding; the funding available in 2009 to pay for appli...More Button

To date in 2008, €364.7 million has been paid by my Department to farmers under the Farm Waste Management Scheme. The 2009 allocation for the Scheme is €125 million. My Department endeavours to ensu...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when payment in respect of a the REP scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to different EU Regulations from the preceding versions of REPS. Under REPS 4, all payments are to be made in j...More Button

Written Answers - Data Protection.

Was asked: the equipment and data that was lost or stolen from his Department in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The number of Department owned laptops or other data devices, such as Blackberries and memory keys, reported lost or stolen from my Department in 2008 are set out in the following table: When a device...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of money spent on hotel accommodation by his Department and each State agency under the aegis of his Department for each of the years 2004 to date in 2008; if he will provide the informati...More Button

Was asked: the procurement arrangements in place in his Department and each State agency under the aegis of his Department for the sourcing of hotel accommodation for him, for his Departmental staff and staff a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 577 and 578 together. While procurement arrangements in place in my Department are not specifically for the sourcing of hotel accommodation, all overnight subsistence ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Property.

Was asked: the number of computer servers that are owned or leased by his Department and each State agency under the aegis of his Department; and the amount of capacity on each server. More Button

The number of servers that are owned by this Department is 376. The average memory capacity of each server is 5 Gigabytes. The average windows based server hard disk capacity is 230 Gigabytes. The im...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Waste Management.

Was asked: further to parliamentary Question No. 393 of 9 December 2008, if his Department ever approached the European Commission for approval to extend the deadline of 31 December 2008 for completion of work ...More Button

The deadline of 31 December 2008 for completion of work by farmers under the revised Farm Waste Management Scheme introduced by my Department in March 2006 is a condition of the EU state aid approval ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will be granted their entitlements from the lease which has been transferred to their name; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application was received on 14 May 2008 requesting the transfer of 23.93 Single Payment Scheme entitlements to the person named from another farmer by way of lease. The application was processed o...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Feedstuffs.

Was asked: if his Department monitors drying processes for animal or human foodstuffs in this State, including the fuels used in these processes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

While the use of oil in the generation of feed drying facilities has not, heretofore, caused problems within the feed industry, this aspect is now being pursued with the feed industry and with the rel...More Button

Was asked: the list of suppliers of oil for the drying process at a plant (details supplied) in County Carlow; the periods of supply relevant to each supplier over the period since 1 September 2008; if the oil ...More Button

As this matter is the subject of a Garda investigation it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the budgeted cost to his Department for 2009 of incremental pay increases for all staff in and under the aegis of his Department; the comparative cost for each year from 2002 to date in 2008; and if ...More Button

There is no specific budgetary provision for staff incremental pay increases in 2009. The cost, which is part of the overall salaries provision for the Department, will be determined by the numbers of...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the number of civil servants and other public servants, who have relocated to locations outside of Dublin under the Government’s decentralisation programme; the estimated number of each category who ...More Button

My Department’s original Decentralisation Implementation Plan allowed for a phased move to Portlaoise and the 2005, 2006 and 2007 advance phases were completed on schedule. To date, the Department ha...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of people working in his Department; the number earning below €50,000 per annum; the number earning between €50,001 and €60,000 per annum; the number earning between €60,001 and €70,000 pe...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table. The total number of staff in each category is not adjusted to take account of staff working on a part-time basis. Number in each Income...More Button

Was asked: the number of civil and public servants working in or under the aegis of his Department for each year from 2002 to date in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The numbers of civil servants working in my Department from 2002 to 2008 are listed as follows. The figures quoted refer to Whole Time Equivalents (WTE). 1This figure includes Forestry staff added t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices.

Was asked: the number of locations where civil and public servants working in or under the aegis of his Department are located; the locations of same; the number, and the number in each category (details suppli...More Button

Civil servants from my Department carry out their duties in over 250 locations throughout the country. There were 4,165 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) staff employed in the Department at the end of Nove...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the agencies, bodies or authorities under the aegis of his Department that have been scheduled for merging, amalgamation, abolition or sharing of services as announced in the budget 2009; the progres...More Button

Included in the Budget statement by the Minister for Finance on the 14th October was the decision to transfer the marketing functions of Bord Iascaigh Mhara to An Bord Bia and to merge the National Co...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the amount of taxpayers’ money given to the Institute for International and European Affairs in the lead up to the Lisbon referendum. More Button

My Department pays an annual membership fee to the Institute for International and European Affairs. The amount paid in 2008 was €6,000.More Button

Written Answers - EU Funding.

Was asked: the amount of EU funding received by his Department directly or for institutions, groups, organisations or bodies under his aegis in the past 20 years to date; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

My Department’s Compendium of Agricultural Statistics, which is published annually, provides a detailed breakdown of EU receipts in Ireland, including those from the FEOGA Guidance and Guarantee Fund...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases.

Was asked: the number of badgers captured by each district veterinary office, by year, in the past ten years. More Button

Was asked: the number of badgers, by district veterinary office licence, which have been subject to post-mortem. More Button

Was asked: the number of badgers that were subject to post-mortem which tested positive for tuberculosis per district veterinary office licence. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 592 to 594, inclusive, together. All badgers captured are subject to a gross post mortem. However, due to the low sensitivity of the technique, the Department carrie...More Button


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