Smith, Brendan

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 724 No. 1
Unrevised

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Order of Business

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Financial Resolutions 2011: Allocation of Time: Motion

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Financial Resolutions 2011

Question put: “That Financial Resolutions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That Financial Resolutions Nos. 5 to 9, inclusive, be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That Financial Resolutions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That Financial Resolutions Nos. 24 to 33, inclusive, be agreed to.”
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Written Answers - Seafood Industry

Was asked: if he will elaborate on the National Recovery Plan 2011-14’s reference to the seafood industry; his views on whether building the seafood industry in order to repay the €85bn bailout requires securin...More Button

Food Harvest 2020 sets out a roadmap for growth in seafood sector and the delivery of the recommendations in that report are, in my view, critical for delivering on the substantial potential of this s...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

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

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 13 May 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Elig...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments

Was asked: the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by him; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if he w...More Button

I have detailed the salary information in the table: With regard to the pension arrangements, one Adviser is in receipt of 11% of current salary in lieu of membership of a Civil Service Superannuatio...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will receive their 2010 payments all relating to sheep; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 5 May 2010. On processing the application an over-claim was identified on one of th...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be paid the REP scheme 4 payment More Button

The EU Regulations governing REPS 4 and other area-based schemes provide that payments issue in two instalments. The first instalment of 75% may be paid once all administrative checks on all applicati...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not been facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 17 May 2010. Payments under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme and Disadvantaged Areas...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the large instances of brucellosis outbreaks in the border counties, particularly in County Armagh; his views on whether this will have a negative effect on herd ow...More Button

I am aware that there has been an increase in the incidence of Brucellosis in certain parts of Northern Ireland, particularly Co Armagh, since the beginning of 2010. The total number of herd breakdow...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in issuing the payment for the single payment scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; when he expects payment to issue More Button

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 31 March 2010. The 50% advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme, which issued on 18 October, and the fu...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare

Was asked: his plans to bring forward the Animal Welfare Bill and address the issue of horse welfare given the number of abandoned horses and the pressure this is putting on agencies trying to deal with the iss...More Button

Was asked: if he will engage with all of the relevant stakeholders to address the issues relating to rising numbers of abandoned horses with a view to developing a short and long term solution to this serious a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 and 322 together. My Department’s statutory responsibility extends to the welfare and protection of farmed animals only i.e. animals normally bred or kept for the ...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Carcase Disposal

Was asked: if he will consider the issuing of a temporary waiver in the implementation of the fallen animal charges scheme to allow for animals to be culled in light of the increased numbers over the past numbe...More Button

The disposal of fallen animals is subject to the Animal By-Products Regulation (EC) No 1774 of 2002. Under this Regulation, animals which die on-farm must generally be disposed of through approved int...More Button

Written Answers - Sugar Industry

Was asked: his views on the European Court of Auditors report into the closure of the sugar factory in Mallow; his further views on the absence of sugar production here; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

The European Court of Auditors Report on the Sugar Reform package of 2006 was addressed directly to the European Commission. The purpose of this report is to consider whether the reform of the Europea...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 104 of 28 October 2010, when a person (details supplied) will receive payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 5 May 2010. Payments under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme and Disadvantaged Areas ...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in paying disadvantaged and single farm payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 17 May 2010. Payments under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme and Disadvantaged Areas...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in paying disadvantaged and single farm payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 17 May 2010. Payments under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme and Disadvantaged Areas...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment in respect of their REP scheme 4 application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The EU Regulations governing REPS 4 and other area-based schemes provide that payments issue in two instalments. The first instalment of 75% may be paid once all administrative checks on all applicati...More Button

Was asked: the number of Kerry farmers who have received direct farm payments and the amount provided in total to them; the number of outstanding payments to Kerry farmers still to be made; and if he will make ...More Button

I can confirm that the balancing payments under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme began issuing on 1 December, in line with the very ambitious payments targets I set for my Department in early October. P...More Button

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

My Department has no record of having received a 2010 Single Payment Scheme application from the person named. An official from my Department has made direct contact with the person named with a view ...More Button

Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and if the application is in order. More Button

My Department received an application under the Early Retirement Scheme from the person named on 9 March, 2010. Under the Terms and Conditions of the Early Retirement Scheme, lands which are the subj...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

My Department received an application under the Early Retirement Scheme from the person named on 24 September, 2009. The application has been processed and the person is in receipt of payment since Ap...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and if he will confirm if this application is complete. More Button

My Department received an application under the Early Retirement Scheme from the person named on 24 September, 2009. All outstanding issues in relation to this application have been resolved and arra...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and if he will confirm if all the paperwork applicable to the application is in order. More Button

My Department received an application under the Early Retirement Scheme from the person named on 28 October, 2009. The application has been processed and the person is in receipt of payment since June...More Button

Written Answers - Transfer of Lands

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and if the application is in order. More Button

An application was received on 10 May 2010 requesting the transfer of 74.55 entitlements from the person named and another person to the current joint registered owners of the herd-number by way of le...More Button

Written Answers - Installation Aid Scheme

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and if the application is in order. More Button

Due to the suspension of the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme for new applications on 14 October 2008, only fully completed applications made under the Scheme and received by my Department up to and...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and if the application is in order. More Button

Due to the suspension of the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme for new applications on 14 October 2008, only fully completed applications made under the Scheme and received by my Department up to and...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Due to the suspension of the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme for new applications on 14 October 2008, only fully completed applications made under the Scheme and received by my Department up to and...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Due to the suspension of the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme for new applications on 14 October 2008, only fully completed applications made under the Scheme and received by my Department up to and...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Due to the suspension of the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme for new applications on 14 October 2008, only fully completed applications made under the Scheme and received by my Department up to and...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a grant application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork and if the application is in order. More Button

Due to the suspension of the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme for new applications on 14 October 2008, only fully completed applications made under the Scheme and received by my Department up to and...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme

Was asked: the way the savings relating to REP scheme of €35.7 million outlined in the Government national recovery plan in 2011 will be achieved; if this relates to efficiencies derived from REP scheme contrac...More Button

The Government’s National Recovery Plan identifies the level of Departmental savings to be achieved over the period 2011 to 2014. In 2011, the Department will be required to achieve savings of €75 mi...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount that has been drawn down of the €9.5 million that was made available as part of budget 2010 for the agri-food industry; the way it was spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

An amount of €2.5 million has been drawn down to date by Bord Bia and has been used in a variety of marketing initiatives aimed at assisting the food industry broaden its export reach including Market...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments

Was asked: the past 12 months; the persons appointed; the income received; the body to which they were appointed; the term of office they will serve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There are currently 12 State Bodies that fall under the aegis of my Department and while I, as Minister, do make appointments to the Boards of these bodies/agencies not all appointments are solely at ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: when single farm payment, disadvantaged area scheme and REP scheme payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; if same can now be expedited; and if he will make a statement...More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 7 April 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Elig...More Button

Was asked: if he will arrange payment under the single payment scheme and disadvantaged areas scheme to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny whose application has been cleared for payment by the Depar...More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 27 April 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eli...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 6 May 2010. The 50% advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme, which issued o...More Button

Written Answers - State Bodies

Was asked: the total amount of moneys owed to private firms by public bodies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

This is an operational matter for the Semi — State Bodies but under Prompt Payment Regulations all payments should be met within a legally prescribed timeframe.More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Disputes

Was asked: the number of industrial disputes and industrial actions, including work to rule, presently being engaged in by staff of his Department; when these actions were initiated; the individual subject matt...More Button

There is currently one industrial dispute in my Department which does not involve any industrial action. This dispute is subject to an arbitration hearing later this week.More Button

Written Answers - Aquaculture Development

Was asked: if he will make a comprehensive disclosure on the commercial aquaculture development scheme that includes declarations on the sum allocated to the scheme by the Government including the amount within...More Button

Some €5 million of Exchequer funding was allocated in 2010 to the Commercial Aquaculture Development Scheme, an implementing measure under the Irish Seafood National Programme 2007-2013. BIM are resp...More Button


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