Smith, Brendan

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 678 No. 3

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Oireachtas Reform: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when REP scheme payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; 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 a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received their 2008 single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named established Single Payment Entitlements to the value of €2214.32 based on premia payments made during the reference period 2000-2002 but did not activate these entitlements in 2005 as...More Button

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

Payment issued to the person named on 9 March 2009.More Button

Was asked: when a slatted house grant will issue to 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

Written Answers - Farm Waste Management.

Was asked: the action being taken to ensure that farmers affected by the failure of his Department to honour its contract with farmers under the terms of the farm waste management scheme do not have to pay addi...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

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 453 of 10 March 2009, when the district superintendent post will be filled to cover west Cavan, which is vacant since 10 November 2008 and is causing delays in p...More Button

A Department officer has been appointed in an acting capacity to this post. More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 5 of 22 November 2007, No. 123 of 1 July 2008, No. 34 of 30 October 2008 and No. 104 of 3 December 2008, the reason for the delay in publishing the Forestry Bill...More Button

Following a very comprehensive review of the Forestry Act 1946 and an extensive consultation process on current and proposed forestry legislation, the Government has recently approved the General Sche...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the amount that he expects his Department to owe to the farming sector in delayed payments by the end of 2009, the end of 2010, and end of 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As all payment claims received under the Farm Waste Management Scheme by my Department have not yet been processed to final payment stage, it is not possible at present to provide an estimate of the a...More Button

Was asked: if a premium of 3.5% to be paid to farmers in 2011 for the delayed payment of the farm waste management grants complies with the requirements of the Prompt Payments of Accounts Act, 1997 and the Euro...More Button

The legal instruments referred to by the Deputy do not extend to the payment of grants to farmers under the Farm Waste Management Scheme. More Button

Written Answers - Forestry Sector.

Was asked: the implications for the forestry industry and Coillte Teo of Budget 2009 and the further Budget on 7 April 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Almost €125 million was allocated to the forestry subhead in Budget 2009 which will allow for the operation of a number of forestry schemes in 2009. This substantial investment demonstrates the commit...More Button

Written Answers - Common Fisheries Policy.

Was asked: the steps he has taken to renegotiate Ireland’s fishery policy in the European Union; the progress made with Ireland’s European colleagues in these renegotiations; and if he will make a statement on ...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 - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: his plans to repeal the criminal sanctions against fishermen found to be in breach of regulations in the Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act, 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matt...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

Was asked: if he has plans to amend the policy of the Sea Fishery Protection Authority and the Naval Service in targeting Irish vessels for inspection in view of the fact 63% of inspections in 2007 were carried...More Button

The Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 clearly provides that the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is independent in the exercise of its functions and as such I have no remit as ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if all farmers who applied for farm improvement grants have been informed that their application is being processed or have been informed that their application is not being considered; the number of...More Button

The 12,675 applications received by my Department under the Farm Improvement Scheme prior to its suspension for new applications on 31 October 2007 are being processed up to the level of funding provi...More Button

Written Answers - Common Agricultural Policy.

Was asked: if he will report on the presentation by the Commission and exchange of views discussed at the Council of EU, Agriculture and Fisheries, meeting on 23 March 2009 on the Commission Progress Report A s...More Button

Commissioner Fischer Boel presented the report to Ministers. She gave an overview of the actions taken to date to achieve simplification of the CAP. She outlined the work that had been carried out o...More Button

Written Answers - European Council Meetings.

Was asked: if he will report on the exchange of views and discussions at the Council of EU, Agriculture and Fisheries, meeting on 23 of March 2009 on the situation on the milk market; and if he will make a stat...More Button

At this week’s meeting of the Council of Ministers there was a debate about the unprecedented situation in the dairy sector at present and the short term outlook for dairy markets. I informed my coll...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be granted their tuberculosis reactor compensation grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payment of compensation under the TB and Brucellosis On Farm Market Valuation Scheme in respect of an animal removed under the scheme been processed by the District Veterinary Office and will issue to...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be granted their installation aid grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Grant-aid under the Installation Aid Scheme was paid by my Department to the person concerned on 12 March 2009.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has had a reduction in their single farm payment; if in view of the minimal over claim he will make arrangements for full payment of this grant; ...More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme / Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 1st May 2008. This application was selected for a satellite eligibility inspectio...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) 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 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 yet to be paid in a scheme (details supplied) up until 20 March 2009 in tabular form. More Button

Out of 12,292 applications received up to 31 December 2008, 6,194 have been paid and 6,098 are being processed. Information in respect of applications received since 1 January 2009 is not to hand as ...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in payment of a scheme (details supplied). 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: the number of people who have applied for a scheme (details supplied) and have been paid with a breakdown by county in tabular form. More Button

Details of payments issued in each county are set out in the table. The information relating to the number of applications in each county is being collated and I will write to the Deputy as soon as p...More Button

Was asked: the number of people in the country who have applied for a scheme (details supplied) in tabular form. More Button

Information relating to the number of applications in each county is being collated and I will write to the Deputy as soon as possible. More Button

Was asked: the number of people who have been paid in a scheme (details supplied) up until 20 March 2009 in tabular form. More Button

The information sought is set out in the table below: More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their REP scheme payment. 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 - Circus Animals.

Was asked: the details of animals exported into Ireland for use in circuses here in 2008, including the species, the number, their countries of origin and the circuses to which they were attached; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: the details of animals imported into Ireland for use in circuses here in 2008, including the species, the number, their countries of origin and the circuses to which they were attached; and if he wil...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 and 198 together. The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the table below. The names of the circuses involved have been withheld due to the commercial n...More Button


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