Coveney, Simon

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 751 No. 1

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Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: when it is planned to seek applications under the traditional farm buildings grant run by the Heritage Council; the budget for the grant scheme in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

The Traditional Farm Building Scheme was introduced as a supplementary measure under REPs 4 in 2008. Its objective is to ensure that a number of traditional farm buildings, which contribute to the vi...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: the position regarding plans to create 5,000 jobs in the sugar beet and agricultural sector. More Button

The EU Sugar Regime underwent a radical reform in 2005 and Greencore, the holder of the entire Irish sugar quota availed of the sugar restructuring scheme, dismantled its facilities and ceased product...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 19 April 2011, following processing of which an over-claim was identified on one of the land parcels declared ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding milk quota in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

The named person submitted an application for additional milk quota to the first stage of the 2012/2013 Milk Quota Trading Scheme. This scheme was completed on December 14 last, and the results of all...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare

Was asked: if he will confirm proposals by Animal Health Ireland to facilitate the disposal of PI’s in an effort to reduce the incidents of BVD; if it proposed to dispose of these animals through normal commerc...More Button

In 2011, Animal Health Ireland (AHI) with strong industry support formed a BVD implementation group (BVD IG) to deliver a programme aimed at eradicating Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). A voluntary phas...More Button

Written Answers - Fish Stocks Protection

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the job creation potential in relation to a certain type of fishery (details supplied) in Dingle, County Kerry; if he will make every effort to ensure that these jo...More Button

The Marine Institute advises that Spurdog is a long lived, slow growing and late maturing species and is, therefore, particularly vulnerable to exploitation. The International Council for the Explorat...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 8 April 2011, payment in respect of which issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named on...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in entering ground inspection results on his Department’s database in view of the fact that in some cases it is taking up to three months to do this with the result that thes...More Button

Under EU regulations governing the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Payments Scheme, all Ground Eligibility Inspections must be completed before any payment can issue to any applicant under e...More Button

Was asked: when the REP scheme 4 payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

The person named commenced REPS 4 in June 2009 and received payments for the first two years of the contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and accordingly ...More Button

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

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Area Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2011. Following processing of this application, over-claims were identified in re...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: the level of funding provided in the 2011 Estimates for the 2010 suckler cow scheme; the amount paid to date under this scheme and the likely expenditure level by the end of the year; and if he will ...More Button

Was asked: the level of funding provided for the 2011 suckler cow scheme in the 2011 Estimates; the level of expenditure to date and the likely expenditure level by the end of the year; and if he will make a st...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 680 and 681 together. Just over €30 million was paid under the Suckler Welfare Scheme to participants in the Scheme during 2011 bringing the total amount paid since t...More Button

Was asked: the total level of funding provided in 2011 for the targeted agriculture modernisation schemes; the total expenditure to date and the expected expenditure under these schemes by the end of this year;...More Button

Was asked: the expenditure to date in 2011 broken down by specific schemes on the targeted agriculture modernisation schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 682 and 683 together. Grant payments under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) are made when documented claims in respect of completed projects hav...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme

Was asked: the total level of expenditure under REP scheme and agri-environmental options scheme in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The total level of expenditure under the REPS Schemes in 2010 was €323.8 million. There was no expenditure under the AEOS in 2010.More Button

Was asked: the level of funding provided for REP scheme and agri-environmental options scheme for 2011; the level of expenditure to date and the expected level of expenditure by the end of this year; and if he ...More Button

The level of funding provided for REPS in 2011 was €301 million while expenditure was €262.9 million. The level of funding provided for the AEOS in 2011 was €36 million while expenditure was €14.1 mil...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: if the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who made an error in an application for single farm payment has been resolved. More Button

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 11 May 2011, following processing of which it was discovered that one of the parcels declared had also been de...More Button

Was asked: if farm payments for 2011 will be paid as soon as possible in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 4 May 2011, payments in respect of which issued directly to the nominated bank acco...More Button

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

The person named commenced REPS 4 in February 2010 and received payments for his first year of the contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and accordingly i...More Button

Was asked: when payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. More Button

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2011, following processing of which an over-claim was identified on one of the land parcels declared by...More Button

Was asked: when payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. More Button

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2011, processing of which has recently been finalised, thereby allowing payment to issue directly to th...More Button

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 16 May 2011, payments in respect of which issued directly to the nominated bank acc...More Button

Was asked: when a single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. More Button

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2011, payment in respect of which issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named on ...More Button

Was asked: when area aid and single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied). More Button

Following communication with the Inheritance Enquiry Unit of my Department in September 2010 and the subsequent receipt of legal documents, payments arising from the Single Payment Scheme (for the yea...More Button

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 13 April 2011, payment in respect of which issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named o...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received their single farm payment or disadvantaged area payment; 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 12 May 2011. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eligibili...More Button

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 26 April 2011, payment in respect of which issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named o...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Horseracing Industry

Was asked: if he will issue an update on the management of the studbook for all Irish draughts and their parentage; the book’s position in respect of the Irish Draught Horse Society; and if he will make a state...More Button

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has been approved by my Department, in accordance with the relevant EU and National Legislation, since 2008, to maintain the studbook of origin for the Irish Draught Horse br...More Button

Written Answers - Special Protection Areas

Was asked: if he will consider the situation of a person (details supplied) in County Louth who has expressed concerns regarding the special protection area in Dundalk Bay and the effect it will have on the per...More Button

Following a European Court of Justice judgement against Ireland in relation to non-compliance with the Habitats and Birds Directives, all marine Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Ar...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 15 April 2011, payment in respect of which issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named o...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme

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

The person named commenced REPS 4 in June 2009 and received payments for the first two years of the contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and accordingly ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: when an application for the agri-environment options scheme will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will expedite the application in view he timeframe in...More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) with effect from 1st November 2010. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based pay...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme

Was asked: if he will clarify any proposal in respect of increasing the livestock units required in view of the fact that this is causing uncertainty within farming sectors; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

It is widely recognised that the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme is a very important one for this country, as the total area designated as disadvantaged is almost 75% of Ireland’s total land area. From an...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: if he will expedite the 2011 single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 20 April 2011, payment in respect of which issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named o...More Button

Was asked: if the 2011 single farm payment will be expedited to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2011, processing of which has recently been finalised, thereby allowing payment to issue directly to th...More Button

Written Answers - Fishing Industry Development

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No 475 of 29 November 2011, if he will clarify that since the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority was established in 2006, he will provide the requested information f...More Button

I understand that on the establishment of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority all records relating to matters within areas of responsibility of the Authority transferred to the Authority.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Waterford will receive a single farm and disadvantaged area payments; the reason for the delay in having this payment made; his views on the fact that this ...More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 7th April 2011. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground El...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases

Was asked: the position regarding brucellosis in Northern Ireland; if it is nearly cleared; the number of herds that are restricted; the precautions being taken to ensure that it does not spread into the Republ...More Button

Latest statistics available on the DARD website show that only 6 herds were confirmed with brucellosis infection in the period 1 January to 31 October 2011. There are no herds in the North currently s...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: the reason for the delay in paying the single farm payment for 2011 to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; 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 27th April 2011. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground E...More Button

Was asked: when single farm and disadvantaged area payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2011 SPS/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 12th May 2011. Advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme issued on 25th November 2011 and bala...More Button

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 9 May 2011, processing of which has recently been finalised, thereby allowing payment to issue directly to the...More Button

Was asked: for an update on single farm, REP scheme and area based payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 26th April 2011. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground E...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied); 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 27th April 2011. This application was selected for a ground eligibility/cross compli...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the remaining 25% REP scheme payment in respect of a person (details supplied); when payment will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named commenced REPS 4 in February 2009 and received payment for the first two years of the contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and according...More Button

Written Answers - Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

Was asked: the number of persons employed as fishery officers, water bailiffs and the number of warrants that they have issued. More Button

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)is the statutory authority with responsibility for the enforcement of commercial sea-fisheries protection and seafood safety legislation in Ireland. The A...More Button

Written Answers - Fur Farming

Was asked: if he will restate his commitment to ban fur farming; if the matter will be dealt with in the forthcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill; if he will provide an update on the work of the departmental ...More Button

I established a Review Group in my Department last November 2011 to review all aspects relating to fur farming. The Terms of Reference of the Group are as follows: 1. To review fur farming in Ireland...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2011, processing of which has recently been finalised, thereby allowing payment to issue directly to th...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare Bodies

Was asked: if he will consider a cost-effective method such as a trap neuter return project to deal with the increase in population of feral cats here, as opposed to the eradication of feral cats by pest contro...More Button

My Department’s legislative responsibility in the area of animal welfare extends to farmed animals only, including animals normally bred or kept for the production of food. Accordingly, matters relati...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: if a decision was made on a grassland sheep scheme appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application under the 2010 Grassland Sheep Scheme was received from the person named on the 16 April 2010. This application was fully processed and payment issued on 2 February 2011, based, in acco...More Button

Written Answers - Turbary Rights

Was asked: the conditions that existed in the Q3 agreement entered in respect of a folio (details supplied) that was sold by the Land Commission to a person in County Donegal in 1942; and if he will make a stat...More Button

The Folio number supplied appears to have been opened in the Land Registry in 1954 and there have been two changes of ownership since that date and two areas transferred to other folios. A person with...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: if he will investigate the hold-up with the sheep census and single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and the position regarding same. More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 12th May 2011. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eli...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) employed in a senior position in an agency under the aegis of his Department is also a board member of an oil and gas comp...More Button

I can confirm that the matter has been drawn to my attention. While it does not appear, at this point that there is any conflict of interest issue arising in this matter, I am not in a position to com...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the proposed €30 million savings in the disadvantaged areas scheme in 2012 between the various measures proposed such as stocking density, ineligibility of horses, a...More Button

Was asked: the proposed savings in the disadvantaged areas scheme on a county basis for 2012; the number of farmers in each county that it is estimated will lose all their payments as a result of these proposal...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 722 and 723 together. It is widely recognised that the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme is a very important one for this country, as the total area designated as disadvantag...More Button

Written Answers - State Veterinary Laboratories

Was asked: the reason there was no communication between his Department’s veterinary laboratories in Cork and Limerick which ended up having them both closed and unable to carry out examinations on a number of ...More Button

Regional Veterinary Laboratories (RVLs) provide a diagnostic laboratory service to the farming community, including the post mortem examination of aborted bovine foetuses, which involves dealing with ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: the names and salaries of each person serving as a special adviser and-or the names and salaries of each person directly appointed by him or a Minister of State to any other position within his Depar...More Button

In response to the Deputy’s question I have detailed the information requested in the table below: *In lieu of Personal AssistantMore Button

Was asked: if he runs a graduate internship programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department participates in a number of Internship Programmes run by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. In 2011 we provided 6-month placements for two graduates from the University of ...More Button

Written Answers - Bovine Disease Controls

Was asked: if he will establish the gamma interferon blood test as the standardised test for bovine TB instead of the tuberculin skin test in order to assist with the identification of reactors at an early stag...More Button

Under EU rules the principal test used in the TB Eradication programme is the Single Intradermal Comparative Test (SICTT), known as the ‘skin test’, as specified in Council Directive 64/432 EEC (as am...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Environment Protection Scheme

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

The person named commenced REPS 4 in May 2008 and received payment for the first three years of the contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and accordingly ...More Button

Written Answers - Íocaíochtaí Deontas

Was asked: cén uair a bheidh iarratas feirmeora (sonraí tugtha) próiseáilte agus íocaíocht déanta leis faoi scéim na híocaíochta aonair, 2011; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Fuarthas iarratas faoi Scéim na hAoníocaíochta/Scéim na Limistéar faoi Mhíbhuntáiste ón duine ainmnithe ar an 1 Aibreán 2011. Roghnaíodh an t-iarratas seo le haghaidh Cigireacht Satailíte inar tugadh ...More Button

Written Answers - Common Fisheries Policy

Was asked: the action he and his EU ministerial colleagues have taken to address the practice of discarding fish at sea; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the implications the EU fishing quota deal for 2012 recently negotiated between EU Fisheries Ministers, the European Commission and the Commissioner for EU fisheries, Maria Damanaki, will have in rel...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 730 and 731 together. I am very concerned about the unacceptable practice of discarding fish at sea and I am fully committed to working both nationally and internation...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Diseases

Was asked: if he has referred to the Krebs report 1997, which counterargues the success rate of badger culling as many that are killed are healthy animals; if he has reviewed any updated research on vaccination...More Button

My Department is aware of the conclusions of the Krebs Report, which did acknowledge that badgers are a significant source of tuberculosis infection in cattle. With regard to its conclusion that heal...More Button

Written Answers - Fur Farming

Was asked: if any guarantees have been made to fur farmers; if submissions for the fur farming review are still being considered and if a ban on fur farming will be implemented in the Bill as both Fine Gael and...More Button

I established a Review Group in my Department last November 2011 to review all aspects of fur farming. The Terms of Reference of the Group are: 1. To review fur farming in Ireland taking into account...More Button

Was asked: if all mink and fox skins are exported or if some are sold here. More Button

My Department does not collect this information. Fur Farming is a commercial activity and fur farmers may sell their product in a manner of their own choosing. The Deputy may wish to consult Trade S...More Button

Written Answers - Milk Quota

Was asked: the avenues available for additional milk quota on a priority basis for young qualified farmers who inherit the family dairy holding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Young qualified farmers who inherit the family dairy holding can access milk quota through either the New Entrants Dairy Scheme or through the Milk Quota Trading Scheme. I recently announced a closin...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: if he will review a case (details supplied) in which a significant penalty was imposed on a single farm payment as a consequence of significant on-farm investment which was completed in order to addr...More Button

The person named was the subject of a Nitrates inspection by the Integrated Controls Division of my Department acting on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on t...More Button

Written Answers - Tuberculosis Incidence

Was asked: if he will outline the level of TB incidence in County Mayo in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The incidence of Bovine TB in Mayo in the period 2009-11 was as follows: 20092.60% 20101.95% 20111.81% (provisional) Although TB levels in Mayo are generally significantly lower than the average for ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that farmers are only compensated for the actual number of animals confirmed to have TB when, in fact, the entire herd is locked up as a result of one or m...More Button

Under the TB/Brucellosis Eradication Scheme, compensation is paid to farmers who suffer a TB breakdown and who have animals removed under the scheme, provided they comply with the rules governing the ...More Button

Written Answers - Animal Welfare

Was asked: if he has responded to the recent incident where a dog was thrown out of a car window in County Mayo and found with multiple injuries caused by cruelty; if any investigation or action has been taken ...More Button

My Department’s legislative responsibility currently extends to the welfare and protection of farmed animals only i.e. animals normally bred or kept for the production of food or for use in or for the...More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers

Was asked: when Kerry County Council will receive moneys owed for works carried out in Knightstown, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Knightstown Pier is owned by Kerry County Council and responsibility for the maintenance and development of the pier rests with that local authority in the first instance. My Department has in previo...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

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

The person named commenced REPS 4 in May 2008 and received payment for the first three years of the contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and accordingly...More Button

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

The person named commenced REPS 4 in February 2008 and received payment for the first three years of the contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and accord...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices

Was asked: if he agrees that any agencies funded by his Department which own properties located in office complexes in which a management company is in place, should take an active role in the running of such m...More Button

Neither my Department nor the State Bodies funded by my Department, own or rent any properties in office complexes in which management companies are in place at this time.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their agri-environment options scheme payment for 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2010. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based paym...More Button

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

The person named commenced REPS 4 in June 2008 and received payments for the first three years of his contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and according...More Button

Written Answers - Afforestation Programme

Was asked: his views regarding the amount of forestry that is currently being planted on good quality agricultural land; if it is correct that a felling licence must be applied for in order to harvest the fores...More Button

Only afforestation on agricultural land is eligible for support under the Afforestation Grant and Premium Schemes. Given the significant State investment in afforestation, we need to ensure that the ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: the position regarding the single farm and area based payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

An application was received on 9 March 2011 requesting the transfer of Single Payment entitlements from the first person named to the second person named by way of inheritance under the 2011 scheme ye...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application to the agri-environment options scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) with effect from 1st November 2010. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based pa...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application to the agri-environment options scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) with effect from 1st November 2010. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based pa...More Button

Was asked: if payment has issued to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal under the disadvantaged area scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 750 and 751 together. An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Area Scheme was received from the person named on 6 April 2011, following processin...More Button

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

Was asked: the reason an inspection for REP scheme payment was only carried out in November even though the application (details supplied) was submitted at the end of May; if his attention has been drawn to the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 752 and 755 together. The person named commenced REPS 4 in May 2009 and received payment for the first two years of the contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the curre...More Button

Written Answers - Land Parcel Identification System

Was asked: if a commitment will be given that maps digitised this year and last will not need to be re-digitised in 2012. More Button

The Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), which records details of all land declared under all the area-based schemes, must be fully accurate and up to date, given the fact that it underpins total...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

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

An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 4 May 2011, processing of which has recently been finalised, thereby allowing payment to issue directly to the...More Button

Was asked: when REP scheme, single farm and area based payments will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

The person named submitted an application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme on 8 May 2011. Full payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was issued to the person nam...More Button

Written Answers - Forestry Sector

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be paid a grant to thin their forest; if not, if permission will be given to thin the forestry, at their own expense without the benefit of a grant...More Button

There is no record of an application for the person named under the Woodland Improvement (Thinning and Tending) Scheme that was recently suspended. It is expected that a decision on the future of the...More Button

Written Answers - Fur Farming

Was asked: his policy with regard to fur farming; the monitoring there is of fur farming; the value of fur farming to the economy; the extent of damage done by captive furred animals such as mink when they esca...More Button

Under the Musk Rats Act, 1933 (application to Mink) order 1965, the keeping of mink is prohibited except under licence from my Department. Licences are issued under this legislation only if the appli...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: the position regarding an application for an ex gratia grant in respect of an organisation (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The organisation in question submitted an application for ex gratia funding in 2011 and was awarded €1,000 in December 2011 as a contribution towards its animal welfare activities in the forthcoming y...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices

Was asked: the number of persons involved in his special investigations unit and their qualifications; the cost of operating the unit each year for the past five years; the legal costs incurred by the unit in e...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled and will be sent directly to him as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: if the single farm payment and disadvantaged area payment will be made in full to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow. More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Area Scheme was received from the persons named on 18 April 2011, following processing of which over-claims were identified in respect of t...More Button

Written Answers - Alternative Energy Projects

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the ongoing problems in respect of grants to farmers who planted Miscanthus, as part of the bioenergy scheme of 2007; if his further attention has been drawn to the...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the pilot Bioenergy Scheme commenced in 2007 to support the establishment of the bioenergy crops miscanthus and willow by providing grant-aid of up to 50% of the establishm...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: the position regarding a single farm payment claim in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 12th of May 2012. This application was selected for a Ground Eligibility/Cross Comp...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will receive his or her 2011 agri-environment options scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2010 and full payment has issued in respect of 2010. Under the EU Regulations...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the number of State agencies under the aegis of his Department which are currently financed by the Exchequer; the number of board members attending each State agency; the expenses issued for each mee...More Button

There are eight State agencies financed by the Exchequer under the aegis of my Department. The following table sets out the agencies and the number of board members in each case: Queries regarding ex...More Button


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