Smith, Brendan

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 678 No. 2

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Priority Questions - Dairy Sector.

Was asked: the progress made with the EU Commission regarding support for the dairy industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

We have an unprecedented situation in the dairy sector at present and the outlook for dairy markets in the short term is poor. Market prices have been adjusting following historically high prices in ...More Button

We all share the same views outlined by Deputy Creed. I understand he outlined a similar viewpoint at a previous question time. There are particular difficulties and we know the price being quoted n...More Button

It is not just now that we recognise the difficulties which will face this sector this year. We know historically about the welcome increase in prices in 2007 and the early part of 2008 and the subse...More Button

Was asked: the measures and guarantees he received from his recent meeting with Commissioner Fisher Boel on the dairy crisis; his strategy to secure support from his fellow agriculture Ministers in Europe for g...More Button

I met Commissioner Fischer Boel in Brussels on 11 March to discuss the dairy situation and explore the options open to us to restore market confidence. In particular, I had two main issues to press h...More Button

Some member states raised the possibility of revisiting the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy. I vehemently oppose such proposals. Last week I travelled to Germany to meet the German Mi...More Button

There is a provision in the health check for a review of its measures in 2010. Some member states have proposed that this review be brought forward to 2009. As I said, I do not support this proposal...More Button

Priority Questions - Farm Waste Management.

Was asked: the commitments made under the farm waste management scheme for 2009 in view of the shortfall in his Department’s Estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The arrangements for payment of grants under the farm waste management scheme on a phased basis have been confirmed, with 40% being paid this year as claims are approved. A further 40% will be paid i...More Button

Provision will be made in the Revised Estimates to meet the commitments we have given to those farmers who are due grant payments under the farm waste management scheme. So far this year, of the 40% ...More Button

This represents the largest infrastructural investment ever made——More Button

The Deputy should be interested——More Button

This is the largest infrastructural investment ever made in on-farm facilities. It is funded entirely by the Exchequer. Grant aid of 70% in some areas and 60% in others was provided.More Button

Moreover, the maximum eligible investment ceiling was increased and the scheme was extended to include other sectors previously denied access to on-farm investment schemes. I assure Deputy Creed that...More Button

The question asked was when people would be paid and if funding would be made available. I want to assure the Deputy as I have done previously that provision is being made to ensure that the 40% elem...More Button

I already mentioned to the Deputy that almost €66 million was paid out during the first two and a half months of this year.More Button

As the Deputy is well aware this is an Exchequer-funded scheme and the Minister for Finance provides the funding to the relevant Department to meet obligations under different schemes. We will not be...More Button

Priority Questions - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: the way he will allocate the unspent CAP funds in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I announced yesterday that unused funds available in 2009 from the single farm payment national reserve would be paid to hill sheep farmers in the form of an uplands sheep payment. The amount in ques...More Button

The only funding available within unused funds that we can access during 2009 comes from the national reserve fund, which amounts to €7 million.More Button

When we succeeded last year in getting the European Commission to give approval in principle to member states having access to unused funds — we sought to have access to all the unused funds for 2009 ...More Button

We were anxious to allocate this money on the basis of ensuring that there was the smallest possible administrative cost. There is practically no cost — it is only a matter of changing the applicatio...More Button

The Deputy may not have had a chance to read my press release of yesterday. In the final paragraph I indicated that all sectors would be eligible for consideration for the unused funds. In particula...More Button

No. The French have done it under Article 68 with a linear cut and it is not from the unused funds. It is slightly different. I know it is confusing. I just want to emphasise that we have not yet ...More Button

Earlier I referred to the statement I issued in announcing this. If the Deputy has an opportunity to read the final paragraph he will see there was a clear message.More Button

Priority Questions - Fishing Industry Development.

Was asked: the initiatives he proposes to ease the financial hardship for fishermen in the north west arising from the reduced days at sea; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Other Questions - Fishing Industry Development.

Was asked: the measures that have been adopted to alleviate the difficulties facing the north-west cod fishery in implementing new conservation measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Other Questions - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that the applications received under the bioenergy scheme 2009 have been largely for miscanthus grants rather than willow, he will re-allocate unspent funds originally set asi...More Button

Other Questions - Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme.

Was asked: the level of payment for the remaining years in view of his recent guarantee that the €250 million suckler cow welfare scheme will be maintained. More Button

I am not in a position to confirm that payments will continue to be made under the suckler cow welfare scheme. The Government has decided, having regard to the urgent need to address the public finan...More Button

I share Deputy Sherlock’s view that this is a good scheme. It has proven beneficial during the year in which it has been in existence. As I said in response to a question asked on a previous occasio...More Button

I can accept the valuable point that has been made by Deputy Creed about the need to modulate limited resources in a targeted manner.More Button

Members of this House have also proposed a reduction in the number of years of participation in the scheme. Although the suckler cow welfare scheme is entirely funded from the Exchequer, the Governme...More Button

Written Answers - Sheep Sector.

Was asked: the action he plans to take to regenerate the ailing sheep industry in view of the continued reduction in sheep numbers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he has plans to support the sheep industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will implement the Malone report on the sheep industry in full; his timetable for the implementation of its recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 52, 54 and 55 together. The sheep sector is a valuable part of the overall agri-food sector and its future depends on its ability to meet the needs of the market. Fol...More Button

Written Answers - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the allocation of additional funds in 2009 and €29 million in subsequent years from the national reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I announced yesterday that unused funds available in 2009 from the Single Farm Payment National Reserve would be paid to hill sheep farmers in the form of an Uplands Sheep Payment. The amount in ques...More Button

Was asked: the number of submissions that were received on the proposed usage of the €120 million in additional modulation funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has received thirty eight submissions relating to the proposed usage of €120 million in additional modulation funds. Under the Health Check agreement these modulation funds will be alloc...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason for the delays in REP scheme four payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The total number of applications for REPS 4 received in 2007 and 2008 was 12,292. As of today, REPS 4 payments have been made to 6,194 applicants or just over 50% of the total. These payments amount...More Button

Was asked: the number of REP scheme four farmers who have not been paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The total number of applications for REPS 4 received in 2007 and 2008 was 12,292. As of today, REPS 4 payments have been made to 6,194 applicants or just over 50% of the total. These payments amount...More Button

Written Answers - Agri-Food Sector.

Was asked: his views on the future stability of the agriculture industry in view of the downward trend in the availability of agricultural educational courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter More Button

While the Irish agri-food sector operates in a global market that is currently experiencing unprecedented change, I am optimistic about its long–term future stability. Despite the well documented cha...More Button

Written Answers - Aquaculture Development.

Was asked: his views on whether the interpretation of EU directives is posing a threat to the future of mussel fishing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is part of my role as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to support the sustainable development of the mussel fishing industry which is important to many coastal communities. At all time...More Button

Written Answers - Pigmeat Sector.

Was asked: his views on reports that retailers are continuing to demand that suppliers pay them for lost profit arising from the pork dioxin recall; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The retail sector played a very important role in the actions taken through the supply chain to restore consumer confidence following the dioxin incident. The main priority was to get product back on...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the progress that has been made with regard to REP scheme four applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The total number of applications for REPS 4 received in 2007 and 2008 was 12,292. As of today, REPS 4 payments have been made to 6,194 applicants or just over 50% of the total. These payments amount...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if the grant aid agreed during budget 2009 will be upheld; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In the light of the deterioration in the public finances, and in the context of the Supplementary Budget scheduled for 7th April 2009, the Government is currently reviewing of all public expenditure a...More Button

Written Answers - Dairy Sector.

Was asked: his views on whether further supports to assist the dairy sector here are justified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on his recent meeting with Commissioner Fischer Boel; if he will elaborate on his plans for the future development of the dairy sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the efforts he has made to secure supports for the dairy sector here in view of the dairy market situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will raise the difficulties in the dairy sector here at the forthcoming meeting of the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on the outcome of his recent meeting with Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel in relation to the dairy sector here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 64, 76, 82, 110 and 112 together. We have an unprecedented situation in the dairy sector at present and the outlook for dairy markets in the short term is poor. Follo...More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Fleet Modernisation.

Was asked: if he will provide a progress report on the delivery of the EU Commission fisheries fuel aid package agreed in July 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The fisheries fuel aid package referred to is the EU Regulation 744/2008 instituting a temporary specific action aiming to promote the restructuring of the European Community fishing fleets affected b...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Feedstuffs.

Was asked: if all the pigs and cattle have been removed from those farms that received potentially contaminated feed from the County Carlow recycling plant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Movement restrictions were placed on 22 cattle farms to which contaminated feed was supplied. In addition, restrictions were placed on a further 14 farms for further testing. Positive results were f...More Button

Written Answers - World Trade Negotiations.

Was asked: the discussions he has had in relation to future World Trade Organisation agreements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The current position in regard to the WTO negotiations is that talks are stalled following the failure to reach agreement at the Ministerial meeting last July and the decision to defer indefinitely a ...More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: if he will adopt a system of administrative sanctions for minor fisheries offences instead of the criminal sanctioning system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Since 1959 Ireland has applied its criminal law in relation to fisheries matters and, since our membership of the European Community, Ireland has applied the criminal law in the enforcement of fisheri...More Button

Written Answers - Common Fisheries Policy.

Was asked: his views on reports that Iceland may be asked to join the EU and the implications which that might have for the distribution of fishing quota. More Button

There has been speculation recently about the possibility of Iceland applying for membership of the European Union (EU). As with any other European country, Iceland would not be “asked” to join the E...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when he expects the outstanding farm waste management grant applications to be cleared for payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The number of payment claims which remained to be processed to full payment stage under the Farm Waste Management Scheme at the beginning of 2009 was 17,397. Payment of the first instalment of 40 per ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: the cost of financial penalties for farmers under the various schemes operated by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The following table set out details of the schemes operated by Department under which financial penalties are imposed together with the details of penalties imposed for failure to comply with the crit...More Button

Written Answers - Emergency Planning.

Was asked: the action being taken by his Department to thwart emerging biosecurity threats; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The issue of emerging bio-security threats is being dealt with centrally by an interdepartmental working group on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) issues which reports to the Gove...More Button

Written Answers - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that his Department’s contingency arrangements are adequate to deal with an outbreak of bluetongue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department’s contingency arrangements to mitigate the risk of the introduction of the bluetongue virus into the country are based on existing EU legislation and an ongoing assessment of the risk to...More Button

Written Answers - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to discuss reports of the possible introduction of a cow tax; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The Government fully supports the EU commitments to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions to at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, and to scale up this reduction to as much as 30%, as part of a ne...More Button

Written Answers - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: when he will make an announcement regarding the details of the allocation of national reserve funds of €7 million and unused single payment funds of €29 million to the sheep sector in view of the fac...More Button

Was asked: if he has decided the way unspent CAP funds will be used; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the way he will use unused funds from the national reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will use the opportunity provided by the unused single farm payment funds and modulation funds to provide direct support to dairy farmers in 2009 in view of the income situation facing these fa...More Button

Was asked: the additional funds that will be available to him in 2010 in terms of unused EU funds and additional compulsory modulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 75, 81, 93, 94 and 99 together. I announced yesterday that unused funds available in 2009 from the Single Farm Payment National Reserve would be paid to hill sheep fa...More Button

Written Answers - Pigmeat Sector.

Was asked: if his Department will spend the full €180 million provided for in the agreement reached with Irish pork processors, following the pork recall in December 2008; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: the amount his Department has paid out to pork processors to date following the pork recall in December 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 77 and 107 together. The agreement concluded with pig processors in December involves making available a facility of €180 million from the public finances to assis...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Inspections.

Was asked: the number of farm inspections under all schemes and programmes operated by his Department; the cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The following are the details of farm inspections undertaken by my Department in 2008 unless otherwise stated. 1Not possible to apportion costs to specific Schemes as the relevant staff would work on ...More Button

Written Answers - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: the expected impact of the EU CAP health checks on Irish agriculture, production and exports and the retention of the maximum number of jobs throughout the sector; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

At the outset I should state that a full screening Regulatory Impact Analysis has been carried out by my Department on the CAP Health Check and the report is available on the Department’s website. Th...More Button

Was asked: the discussions there have been at the EU Agriculture Council regarding the future of the CAP post 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A first policy debate on the future of the CAP after 2013 took place at the informal meeting of Agriculture Ministers in Annecy in September last. In the initial debate, there was general agreement o...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: if incentives and schemes will stay in place to encourage young farmers to remain in farming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have made provision of €9.75m in 2009 to meet current commitments under the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme and the preceding equivalent schemes. The Deputy will also be aware of my ongoing supp...More Button

Was asked: if he will put in place a special package for those people who were in the process of applying for the early retirement scheme and installation aid scheme when the schemes were suspended on 14 Octobe...More Button

The Early Retirement Scheme and the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme were closed to new applicants on 14 October 2008. I have no immediate plans to reopen entry to these schemes at this time.More Button

Written Answers - Pigmeat Sector.

Was asked: if he will alter traceability systems for pork products in line with other existing European systems; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The current position is that traceability of pork at slaughter and after is on the basis of production batch. The Department is in consultation with the EU about the possible potential to improve pork...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of REP scheme four plans that have been rejected to date; the loss to the farming community; if he will take measures that will allow these plans to be accepted where the deficiencies are ...More Button

The total number of applications for REPS 4 received in 2007 and 2008 was 12,292. As of today, REPS 4 payments have been made to 6,194 applicants or just over 50% of the total. These payments amount...More Button

Written Answers - Agri-Food Sector.

Was asked: the efforts he is making to support the export sector particularly the agri-food sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous, manufacturing sector and is crucial to sustaining and reinvigorating the economy. Strategies for the development of a consumer focused, competiti...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: if he will reinstate the farm installation and early retirement schemes for farmers. More Button

The Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme and Early Retirement Scheme were closed to new applicants on 14 October 2008. I have no immediate plans to reopen entry to these Schemes at this time.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: his views on whether schemes or programmes within his Department will be suspended to accommodate the first instalment of the farm waste management scheme payments in 2009; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Payment of the first instalment of 40 per cent of the grants due to farmers under the Farm Waste Management Scheme commenced during the week ending 6 March 2009 and will be continued by my Department ...More Button

Was asked: if his Department has started to pay the first instalments of the farm waste management grants; when he expects the second and third instalments to be made; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Payment of the first instalment of 40 per cent of the grants due to farmers under the Farm Waste Management Scheme commenced during the week ending 6 March 2009 and will continue as claims are approve...More Button

Written Answers - Pigmeat Sector.

Was asked: the progress that has been made in relation to the pork dioxin compensation package; the amount of the fund that has been drawn down to date; the number of processors that have been paid to date; and...More Button

Good progress is being made under the Pigmeat Recall Scheme. At this stage, virtually all affected product in Ireland has been rendered under my Department’s supervision and a substantial quantity of...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that the additional payment of up to 3.5% of the deferred farm waste management grants will cover the interest costs of any farmer who has taken out a loan; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: if special interest rates for moneys outstanding under the farm waste management scheme have been passed on to farmers by all financial institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 92 and 103 together. The financial arrangements in respect of any loans taken out by farmers for the purposes of carrying out investments under the Farm Waste Manageme...More Button

Written Answers - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: when the last case of brucellosis was confirmed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Brucellosis is now at a historically low level in Ireland. The last confirmed case was disclosed in April 2006. If no case of Brucellosis is disclosed between now and the end March 2009, I intend to ...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Health Standards.

Was asked: if his Department is working with the new body charged with improving non-regulatory diseases such as mastitis, IBR and BVD; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the progress being made by Animal Health Ireland in relation to the commitment in the programme for Government to introduce a herd health initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 96 and 98 together. I recently launched Animal Health Ireland which aims to improve overall animal health standards, thereby enhancing on-farm productivity and securin...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: if his Department has notified its local offices of changes to REP scheme four specifications in the past two months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

No changes to the REPS scheme four specifications have been introduced in the past two months. However, from the administrative checks carried out on REPS 4 plans it was apparent the specification req...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will address the issue of farmers who have applied for the farm improvement scheme between 21 and 29 October 2007 and still have not been approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Applications received under the Farm Improvement Scheme prior to its suspension for new applications on 31 October 2007 are being processed by my Department up to the level of funding provided for the...More Button

Was asked: the reason all REP scheme four farmers were not paid in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The total number of applications for REPS 4 received in 2007 and 2008 was 12,292. As of today, REPS 4 payments have been made to 6,194 applicants or just over 50% of the total. These payments amount...More Button

Written Answers - Common Fisheries Policy.

Was asked: his views on a complete renegotiation of the Common Fisheries Policy as part of any review, in order to address the share of quota provided to fishermen here. More Button

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is the fisheries policy of the European Union which was first put in place in 1983 and has been subject to reviews every 10 years, the most recent was in 2002 and the...More Button

Written Answers - Single Payment Scheme.

Was asked: the amount in refunds relating to modulation deductions made to single farm payment that have been paid out to date and the number of farmers involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Refunds of Modulation under the 2008 Single Payment Scheme began issuing to farmers last week and, to date, refunds amounting to some €24 million have issued to over 122,000 applicants. Modulation is ...More Button

Written Answers - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: the cost and expiry date of the 1 million doses of blue tongue vaccination recently purchased by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As part of its contingency arrangements to control the spread of bluetongue, my Department in 2008 purchased a supply of 1 million doses of BTV ST8 vaccine to enable us to immediately commence vaccina...More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the fact that a Sea Fisheries Protection Authority officer spent the week of 11 to 18 February 2009 on board a British naval vessel, HMS Severn, during which time the v...More Button

Was asked: the authority under which the HMS Severn conducted fishery patrols in Irish waters with a Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority officer on board on 17 February 2009. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 939 together. I understand that the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) recently participated in a Joint Deployment operation under the auspices of the C...More Button

Written Answers - Pigmeat Sector.

Was asked: the way efforts have progressed to restore Irish pork markets, following the pork recall in December 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is working closely with Bord Bia and the Department of Foreign Affairs to eliminate any remaining market access issues as a result of the dioxin incident. While most issues have been re...More Button

Written Answers - Food Labelling.

Was asked: the mechanisms he is putting in place to improve the traceability of meat consumed here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Minister for Health & Children has overall responsibility for the general food labelling legislation. Under the general labelling Directive (2000/13/EC), the place of origin of the foodstuff must...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: the average waiting period for the return of receipts to farmers who have built slurry lagoons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I regret that information of the type requested by the Deputy is not maintained by my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: if he will provide a special white fish fishing exemption for the duration of 2009 in area 6A for boats of less than 12 metres in length. More Button

New rules restricting fishing vessels’ days at sea in the Irish Sea and the waters to the northwest of Ireland and Scotland have been introduced as part of the EU’s revised Cod Recovery Plan. These r...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will report on the meeting of the EU direct payments management committee on 18 March 2009 at which amendments to the scheme of consolidation of single payment entitlements here were scheduled ...More Button

The draft Commission Regulation implementing the Health Check changes has been under discussion at the Direct Payments Management Committee for some months and was discussed again at a meeting on 18 M...More Button

Written Answers - Bovine Diseases.

Was asked: the number of BSE cases that there have been to date in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There have been 4 confirmed cases of BSE to date in 2009. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Submissions.

Was asked: if he has received and studied proposals from a group (details supplied) or other farm organisations; the extent to which he will respond in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Following a clarification from the Deputy, a total of some 23 separate submissions, other than in relation to individual cases, have been received in my Department from the named organisation in the l...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when he expects the first instalments of the 17,000 deferred farm waste management grants to be paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payment of the first instalment of 40 per cent of the grants due to farmers under the Farm Waste Management Scheme commenced during the week ending 6 March 2009 and will continue as claims are approve...More Button

Was asked: when an application will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for afforestation grant aid on behalf of the person in question is currently being processed by my Department. A decision on this application will be made shortly.More Button

Was asked: when payment will be made in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary in relation to a REP scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Written Answers -

Was asked: his views on a proposal (details supplied); if he will provide funding for such a project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Control of Horses Act, 1996 was introduced to address the problem of wandering horses, mainly in urban areas. The Act assigns to local authorities the primary role for dealing with wandering hors...More Button

Was asked: if he will approve the application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for afforestation grant aid on behalf of the person in question has been refused by my Department, following an appeals procedure, on the basis that the elevation level of the site, its...More Button

Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: if Irish fisheries protection officers operate from British naval vessels. More Button

I understand that the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) recently participated in a Joint Deployment operation under the auspices of the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA), a European Un...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the number of people employed by the Central Fisheries Board, the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, the regional boards, the Foyle Fishing Commission and the Naval Service. More Button

All of the agencies referred to by the Deputy, with the exception of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) operate under the auspices of either the Department of Communications, Energy and Nat...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the 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 ...More Button

The first phase of the REPS 4 payment issued to the person named on 23 March.More Button

Was asked: when a farm improvement scheme grant will be awarded in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned is an applicant under the Farm Improvement Scheme. My Department is currently processing his application and a decision will be made as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: when a farm waste management grant will be awarded in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The arrangements for payment of grants under the Farm Waste Management Scheme on a phased basis have been confirmed with 40 per cent being paid this year as claims are approved. A further 40 per cent...More Button

Was asked: when a REP scheme four will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The first phase of the REPS 4 payment issued to the person named on 5 March.More Button

Was asked: when a farm waste management grant will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The arrangements for payment of grants under the Farm Waste Management Scheme on a phased basis have been confirmed with 40 per cent being paid this year as claims are approved. A further 40 per cent...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application lodged on 30 December 2008 under the farm waste management scheme in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Roscommon. More Button

The arrangements for payment of grants under the Farm Waste Management Scheme on a phased basis have been confirmed with 40 per cent being paid this year as claims are approved. A further 40 per cent...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment in respect of REP scheme four; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be granted their cattle headage, single farm payment and disadvantaged payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2008 Single Payment Scheme / Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2008. One of the primary provisions of the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme is t...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that an application under REP scheme four is in order in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; when payment can be expected; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

The first phase of the REPS 4 payment issued to the person named on 11 March.More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

The arrangements for payment of grants under the Farm Waste Management Scheme on a phased basis have been confirmed with 40 per cent being paid this year as claims are approved. A further 40 per cen...More Button

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

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

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

The first phase of the REPS 4 payment will issue to the person named within the next ten days. More Button

Was asked: the date for final payment of the pork meat recall compensation in view of the fact that many of the processors have a financial shortfall still not paid; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Was asked: when the final payment will be made to pork suppliers under the agreement reached following the recent pork crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 949 and 981 together. The agreement concluded with pig processors in December involves making available a facility of €180 million from the public finances to assist p...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Farm Enterprises.

Was asked: when he will make a decision on the question of re-allocating unused funding from the allocation for willow planting under the bioenergy scheme to accommodate additional miscanthus planting in 2009; ...More Button

In view of the shortfall in willow applications, my Department has reviewed the ceiling for miscanthus and agreed to issue additional ‘approvals’ subject to respecting the overall 1,800-hectare ceilin...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Was asked: when farm retirement payments will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

No formal application for the Scheme of Early Retirement from Farming was received from the person named. In June 2008, she indicated through her legal representatives that she intended to apply for ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff.

Was asked: the number of drivers for each individual Minister of State in his Department and their remuneration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of drivers he has working for him and their remuneration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 952 and 953 together. There are no drivers employed directly by me. Under a long-standing arrangement, all Government Ministers and certain other State officials are ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a forestry grant will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is intended that the annual forestry premium payment will issue to this applicant during the first week of April 2009.More Button

Was asked: when payment under the animal welfare scheme will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named applied on 6 cows under the Scheme. Payment of €400 in respect of 5 calves has issued to date. The remaining calf will not qualify for payment as its birth was registered outside th...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Waste Management.

Was asked: the number of farmers in County Mayo who have been approved and have received their payment under the farm waste management scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

1,247 farmers in County Mayo received payment under the Farm Waste Management Scheme between 1 January 2006 – 31 December 2008 (including payments under the Scheme which preceded the Nitrates version ...More Button

Was asked: the number of farmers in County Mayo who are awaiting approval for payment under the farm waste management scheme; when they will receive their payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

1,004 applications from County Mayo remained to be processed to full payment stage under the Farm Waste Management Scheme at the beginning of 2009. Grants in respect of these applications will be ma...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of their REP scheme four grant; the amount they will receive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of their REP scheme four grant; the amount they will receive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The first phase of the REPS 4 payment will issue to the person named in the next 10 days. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive their single farm payment; the amount of that payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the provisions of the relevant EU regulations governing the Single Payment Scheme, in order to draw down his or her full Single Payment, an applicant must declare an eligible hectare to accompan...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive their REP scheme three payment; the amount of that payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The file of the person named is currently being examined in respect of eligibility criteria. It is expected that this examination will be completed within the next ten days and the amount of the paym...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Waste Management.

Was asked: the progress to date in meeting in full the payments to farmers arising from measures adopted to alleviate farm waste pollution; if he intends or expects to bring about improvements in this regard; a...More Button

2057The arrangements for payment of grants under the Farm Waste Management Scheme on a phased basis have been confirmed with 40 per cent being paid this year as claims are approved. A further 40 per ...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Feedstuffs.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that all the laboratory testing requirements and facilities previously identified in the food and animal feed industries are in place; if this prevents the necessity to send sample...More Button

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food laboratories carry out a broad and in-depth range of laboratory tests to support DAFF’s requirements in the areas of animal health, plant health and f...More Button

Written Answers - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: the action he has taken at EU level to ensure that steps taken in the course of the CAP health test to address the issues arising from CAP reform from an Irish perspective; and if he will make a stat...More Button

The deal I secured in the Health Check of the CAP negotiations last November is worth a potential €80 million in additional payments to farmers over the coming years. In addition, the increase in mil...More Button

Written Answers - Agriculture Sector.

Was asked: the countries within the EU with which he has established common cause in the matter of ensuring the viability of the agriculture sector throughout Ireland and Europe with particular reference to the...More Button

At the Council of Agriculture Ministers meeting in Brussels on 29 September 2008, the issue of Climate Change was included in the agenda at my request. I voiced my concerns about the challenge posed ...More Button

Written Answers - Pigmeat Sector.

Was asked: if he is satisfied regarding the future of the pig meat industry; if the lessons learned in the past year have been put to good effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans for the future development and expansion of the pig meat industry at home and abroad; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 966 and 967 together. Teagasc has prepared a development strategy for the Irish pig industry, which identifies the issues facing the sector and makes certain recommend...More Button

Written Answers - Beef Exports.

Was asked: his plans for the future development and expansion of the beef industry; the degree to which it is expected exports are likely to compete on European or world markets; the extent of new markets estab...More Button

My plans for the development of the beef sector can be summarised as follows: advanced processing methods and product development; sophisticated and targeted marketing; efficient farm production with ...More Button

Written Answers - Sheep Sector.

Was asked: his plans for the future growth and development of the lamb industry with particular reference to home and export markets; if he has satisfied himself that the product is sufficiently competitive at ...More Button

I believe that the report of the Sheep Industry Strategy Development Group provides a proper framework for the future development of the sheep sector. While most of the group’s recommendations are to ...More Button

Written Answers - Food Labelling.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that food labelling here and throughout the European Union adequately and accurately reflects the quality, origin, hygiene and process procedures in accordance with EU legislation;...More Button

The Minister for Health and Children has overall responsibility for the general food labelling legislation. Under the general labelling Directive (2000/13/EC), the place of origin of the foodstuff mu...More Button

Written Answers - Poultry Industry.

Was asked: if all poultry imports here are compliant with national and EU legislation in terms of husbandry, production, hygiene and traceability requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Detailed EU legislation lays down the conditions that Member States must apply to the production of and trade in products of animal origin, including poultry meat and poultry meat products, as well as...More Button

Written Answers - Food Labelling.

Was asked: if all meat and meat products imported and on sale here at all outlets are compliant with national and EU traceability standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In general, responsibility for control and enforcement at retail level of labelling of meat and meat products rests with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). My Department is responsible for t...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Feedstuffs.

Was asked: the action he has taken at national or EU level to ensure the availability of adequate home-grown animal feed supplies here and throughout Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The average annual yield of the cereals in Ireland is of the order of 2m tonnes, over eighty percent of which is used for animal feed. Ireland has, on average, an annual shortfall of about 550k tonne...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive their REP scheme four payments; the amount of payments due; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The first phase of the REPS 4 payment issued to the person named on 20 February.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cavan will be advised what is wrong with their REP scheme four application in order that they can have the problem, rectified and receive payment for same; ...More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007–13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Allowances.

Was asked: the number of individuals who are in receipt of fixed car allowances within any semi-State body reporting to his Department; the cost of same for 2008 and the anticipated figures for 2009; and if he ...More Button

The provision of such allowances is a day-to-day operational matter for each State Body under the aegis of my Department and as such, I have no function in the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

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

The first phase of the REPS 4 payment will issue to the person named in the next ten days.More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the appeal of a hardship grant application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. More Button

An appeal by the person concerned for non payment of grants under the Hardship Grant Scheme is currently being processed by the District Veterinary Office. It is expected that a decision will be taken...More Button

Written Answers - Aquaculture Licences.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1307 of 27 January 2009, the status of the licence application (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The area for which the licences are sought is a designated Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive and a Special Protection Area under the EU Birds Directive (Natura 2000 site). I...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not received their full payment for the REP scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Was asked: the number of people who have been granted REP scheme four payments since they were first issued in January 2009 to date in 2009 on a county basis in tabular form. More Button

The information requested is set out in the table.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive payment for REP scheme four; the reason for the delay in this payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Was asked: when the 2008 single farm payment will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named submitted an application under the 2008 Single Payment Scheme on 21st April 2008. The application as been fully processed and payment due under the scheme issued on 19th March 2009.More Button

Was asked: the reason a hardship grant has not been awarded in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Hardship Grant Scheme, which runs from 1 November to 30 April, is designed to alleviate the additional feed costs incurred by some owner/keepers whose holdings are restricted during this period on...More Button

Was asked: the position with a REP scheme application in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Was asked: the reason the farm waste management grant has not awarded in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The arrangements for payment of grants under the Farm Waste Management Scheme on a phased basis have been confirmed with 40 per cent being paid this year as claims are approved. A further 40 per cent...More Button

Was asked: when a REP scheme payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A letter requesting an amended plan was issued to the person named on 11 March. No payments can be processed until this plan is received. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be granted their REP scheme payments. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be compensated. More Button

Under the TB and Brucellosis Eradication Scheme, animals removed as reactors may be eligible for compensation, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the individual schemes. In this i...More Button

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

The first phase of the REPS 4 payment will issue to the person named within the next ten days. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application was received on 8 April 2008 requesting the transfer of 178.91 Single Payment entitlements to the person named from his father by way of gift. As the entitlements held by the father of...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be paid his REP scheme four payment; the amount of the payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the f...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be granted a REP scheme three payment. More Button

The person named received his first-year REPS 3 payment in November 2006. An issue has since arisen regarding the eligibility for payment of certain lands, and officials of my Department have discuss...More Button

Was asked: the number of farmers who applied for REP scheme four in 2008 that have been paid; when other farmers will be advised as to the problems with their applications; if he is satisfied that sufficient st...More Button

The total number of applications for REPS 4 received in 2007 and 2008 was 12,292. As of today, REPS 4 payments have been made to 6,194 applicants or just over 50% of the total. These payments amount...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application in respect a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named applied on 12 animals under the Suckler Welfare Scheme. Payment in respect of one calf issued on 05/03/09. Errors were identified on the remaining calves, 6 of these have now been r...More Button

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

The 13.48 Single Payment entitlements in question were rented out by the person named to another farmer for the 2007 scheme year only and reverted to the person named on the expiry of that agreement o...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Longford will receive their slatted shed grant under the farm improvement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned is an applicant under the Farm Improvement Scheme. My Department is currently processing his application and a decision will be made as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not been deemed eligible with regard to two calves and a cow under the cow welfare scheme; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that...More Button

The person named has 15 cows for consideration under the 2008 Suckler Welfare Scheme. On 8 December 2008, four cows were paid grants totalling €328.00. Another cow was slaughtered on veterinary advi...More Button

Written Answers - Forestry Sector.

Was asked: the status of the forestry reconstitution grant; the consequences for individual forestry owners of failure to replant forestry land which has been destroyed due to fire; if he will correspond with a...More Button

From 1st June 2009 the Reconstitution Scheme will only be available for forestry plantations that suffer significant damage due to frost, drought, deer, grey squirrel, vole, disease or insect damage. ...More Button

Written Answers - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: the way he proposes to spend unspent CAP funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I announced yesterday that unused funds available in 2009 from the Single Farm Payment National Reserve would be paid to hill sheep farmers in the form of an Uplands Sheep Payment. The amount in ques...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will receive their insulation aid scheme grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is no record of an application received in my Department under the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme from the person concerned.More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: if a person can transfer entitlements on the release of land when they are going to apply for the REP scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Single Payment entitlements are not attached to land and do not transfer automatically with land. Entitlements are the property of the farmer who established them during the reference period of 2000-...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare.

Was asked: if, in the context of his responsibility for animal welfare and the legal protection of animals from cruelty, he will introduce legislation banning all blood sports including hare coursing and fox hu...More Button

The new Animal Health and Welfare Bill, which is currently being drafted, gives effect to a number of animal health and welfare commitments contained in the Programme for Government. These commitment...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if payment to farmers is being paid in staged payments (details suppled). More Button

REPS 3 payments continue to be made in one payment as heretofore. The EU Regulations governing REPS 4 require that 75% of the payment can issue after all administrative checks have been completed and...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded payment under the suckler cow welfare scheme. More Button

Payment in respect of 7 animals should issue to this applicant in the near future. A number of issues have arisen in relation to the other 5 animals applied for and officials from my Department will ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be granted REP scheme three. More Button

Payment will issue to the person named within the next ten days.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded under a scheme. More Button

There is no record in my Department of the receipt of an application under the Suckler Welfare Scheme from the person named.More Button

Written Answers - Dairy Sector.

Was asked: the meetings he has had with the European Agriculture Commission or the Commission officials regarding the crisis for dairy farmers; if such meetings have been held; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

We are facing an unprecedented situation in the dairy sector at present and the outlook for dairy markets in the short term is poor. Following historically high prices in 2007 and early 2008 a market...More Button


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