Smith, Brendan

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 700 No. 4

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Written Answers - Fisheries Protection.

Was asked: his plans regarding the granting of permission to allow commercial fishermen to fish for bass at sea; the way he will ensure the preservation of the inshore bass stock; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

The Federation of Irish Fishermen (FIF) has made a proposal regarding the possibility of a limited offshore Sea Bass fishery to my colleague Minster Killeen. Minister Killeen is giving careful consid...More Button

Written Answers - Aquaculture Development.

Was asked: his role in the apparent blocking of grant aid to aquaculture companies here; his views on whether shellfish and fin fish farmers in the rest of Europe receive supports from the European fisheries fu...More Button

The National Seafood Development Operational Programme 2007-2013 which inter alia provides funding for aquaculture development, was advertised for public consultation in October 2008. Following this c...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will receive their REP scheme 4 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

Written Answers - Food Safety Standards.

Was asked: the reason a food (details supplied) is on sale in Greece but not here; the criteria for marketing Irish products abroad; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The decision to place food products on any particular market is a commercial matter for the companies involved.More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Fleet Modernisation.

Was asked: his plans to introduce a decommissioning scheme in 2010 for boats less than 18 metres in length; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There are no plans for a further decommissioning scheme at present. Any further scheme will be considered in the context of available funding and priorities for support within the seafood sector.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will qualify for REP scheme 4 payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My officials wrote to the person named about his application on 21 January 2010. Processing of his application for payment can be resumed when a reply to this letter is received.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application under the farm improvement scheme in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

My Department has no record of having received an application for grant-aid under the Farm Improvement Scheme from the person concerned.More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the number of persons that have been prosecuted under the legislation implementing the nitrates directive since its enactment; the specific offences that gave rise to these prosecutions; and if he wi...More Button

The Nitrates Directive is transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters) Regulations 2009, S.I. No. 101 of 2009. Prosecutions for offences...More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers.

Was asked: if he will provide this Deputy with a list of all piers and harbours projects that have been aborted or disengaged in the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Applications for funding under the Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme are considered, subject to available Exchequer funding and overall national priorities, on an annual b...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if the inspection regime being operated by his Department regarding the single farm payments and area based compensatory repayment is compelling farmers to have livestock on sensitive and designated ...More Button

Applicants under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme are required, inter alia, to have a holding with a minimum stocking level of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare for the entire area declared. The s...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: if there are EU directives which require to be transposed into primary or secondary legislation; the list of such directives; the date they were drafted by the Commission; when he intends to transpos...More Button

The EU directives due to be transposed into Irish legislation by my Department are detailed in the following table. The 29 directives listed will be transposed by the due date.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when the REP scheme payment will issue to a person (details supplied); when REP scheme payments will be made to farmers in County Wexford; when the last payments for County Wexford were made; and the...More Button

My officials are still dealing with issues that arose in this person’s REPS plan and will be in touch with him about the matter within 10 working days. REPS scheme payments are made on a weekly basis...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive a decision on their application under the installation aid scheme which has been lodged with his Department for more than 12 months; and i...More Button

The person concerned is an applicant under the Installation Aid Scheme. Under the terms of the scheme, payment of the grant concerned is made once it has been established that the requirements of the...More Button

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

The person concerned is an applicant under the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme. Under the terms of the Scheme, payment of the grant concerned is made once it has been established that the requireme...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be allocated single payment scheme entitlements from the national reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named submitted an application under the 2005 National Reserve under Category B and the Hill Farmers’ Scheme. Category B catered for farmers who made an investment in production capacity in...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will receive payment for the sale of cattle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A cheque for monies due to the person concerned issued from my Department on 22nd January 2010.More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the full references on the location at which information can be obtained regarding the rules for the single farm payments scheme and the REP scheme. More Button

The detailed rules governing the REPS 3 and 4 Schemes are contained in the Scheme ’Terms and Conditions’ document, which may be amended by means of REPS Circulars issued by the Department. The ’Terms...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a REP scheme four payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan. 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 - Animal Identification Scheme.

Was asked: if he will delay the introduction of the new sheep tagging system, mandatory electronic identification, for two years as recommended by the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in or...More Button

The introduction of EID for sheep was agreed at EU level in late 2003. At that time, it was agreed to defer the implementation date until January 2008. The Council of Agriculture Ministers revisited...More Button

Written Answers - Food Industry.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 335 of 27 January 2010, the details of the measures geared to improving the competitiveness of the food industry which will be operated by Enterprise Ireland usi...More Button

The objective of the €7 million in funding which will be provided by my Department and administered by Enterprise Ireland is to improve competitiveness within the food sector in export markets. This ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if money saved on the pigmeat recall scheme will be available to fund a stock and crop hardship fund for farmers and growers affected by extreme weather conditions. More Button

Was asked: the amount of savings on the pork recall scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 625 and 628 together. I am aware of the difficulties experienced by farmers and others as a result of the recent inclement weather conditions. In that regard I have re...More Button

Was asked: if consideration has been given to providing compensation to potato farmers who have lost large portions of their crop because of the recent weather conditions. More Button

I am aware that due to very wet conditions in November 2009 a proportion of the total national area of potatoes remained unharvested at the end of the year. Since Christmas Ireland has experienced ve...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Was asked: the number of farmers in north County Tipperary who will be eligible for REP scheme in 2010. More Button

There are currently 1,676 farmers in REPS in North Tipperary who will be eligible for payments in 2010. In addition, 39 farmers applied for REPS after the 2009 deadline of 15 May and before the schem...More Button


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