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Creed, Michael

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Beef Industry

I thank Deputies McConalogue, Aylward and Cahill for raising this matter. The agreement reached on 28 June on an EU-Mercosur trade deal marks the end of 20 years of negotiations between the two bl...More Button

In addition to pointing out the considerable difficulties that the concessions of a significant beef tariff rate quota would create for the Irish beef sector over a period when the European beef ...More Button

We must also acknowledge that there may be some opportunities for the Irish dairy sector and drinks industry. In addition, our colleagues at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation...More Button

It is early days and there are still a number of steps to be taken before the agreement can be implemented. It will be first put through a process called legal scrubbing and translation which co...More Button

Beef Industry (Continued)

The constraints of this particular debate do not allow for a full articulation of all of the issues.More Button

However, I do not accept Deputy McConalogue's assertion that this is a done deal. This is a high-level agreement at a political level between the Commission and Mercosur member states. It is a ...More Button

I did not interrupt the Deputy.

I consider there to be a considerable distance to travel before we have an inked deal that bears the imprimatur of Europe. What we have is a pr...More Button

Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations

Was asked: the reason an organisation (details supplied) was not invited to be a part of the CAP consultative committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I established the CAP Consultative Committee to facilitate on-going consultation with key stakeholders in relation to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period post-2020.More Button

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme

Was asked: the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named submitted an application under the LESS Scheme of TAMS II. Following submission of the paperwork required to finalise the payment claim, a number of issues arose and, as a result, ...More Button

The person named, in accordance with standard procedure, was provided with the opportunity to request a review of the decision and this review is currently being carried out.More Button

GLAS Data

Was asked: the amount paid to farmers under the green low-carbon, agri-environment scheme, GLAS, for low-emission slurry spreading by farm agricultural contractors at the rate of €1.20 per cubic metre spread ...More Button

Was asked: the amount paid to farmers under the green low-carbon, agri-environment scheme, GLAS, for low-emission slurry spreading by farm agricultural contractors by month at the rate of €1.20 per cubic metr...More Button

Was asked: the maximum payment to farmers for low-emission slurry spreading by farm agricultural contractors at the rate of €1.20 per cubic metre spread since the start of the GLAS programme; and if he will m...More Button

Was asked: if a register of farm agricultural contractors is maintained that provides the low-emission slurry spreading service to green low-carbon, agri-environment scheme, GLAS, participants; if so, the cri...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 519, 520, 521 and 522 together.

  The Department does not keep a register of contractors who provide this service to individual GLAS applicants a...More Button

Agriculture Scheme Appeals

Was asked: the status of an agricultural appeal by a person (details supplied); when a decision will be made on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department. I have been advised that the records of the Agriculture Appeals Office indicate that an appeal was received from the person ...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme Appeals

Was asked: the status of an agricultural appeal by a person (details supplied); when a decision will be made on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department. I have been advised that the records of the Agriculture Appeals Office indicate that an appeal was received from the person n...More Button

Was asked: the status of an agricultural appeal by a person (details supplied); when a decision will be made on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Agriculture Appeals Office operates independently of my Department. I have been advised that the records of the Agriculture Appeals Office indicate that an appeal was received from the person n...More Button

Nitrates Usage

Was asked: the status of the review of the nitrates derogation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ireland’s nitrates derogation provides farmers an opportunity to farm at higher stocking rates, above 170 kg livestock manure nitrogen/ ha, subject to additional conditions designed to protect the ...More Button

Derogation farmers make up 6% of bovine farmers, 11% of the land area but have 20% of the bovine livestock herd. There has been a significant expansion in land area covered by the derogation of a...More Button

In addition, a further 5,000 farmers with 13% of the national bovine herd farm above the 170 kg N/ha limit but export slurry to comply with the limit rather than applying for a derogation. More Button

Recent EPA reports have highlighted deterioration in water quality and increasing green house gas and ammonia emissions. There are also significant issues around the decline of EU protected habit...More Button

In light of continuing expansion of the dairy herd, increasing land area being farmed under derogation and the environmental pressures outlined, it was considered opportune to review the conditio...More Button

The Nitrates expert group which is composed of officials from the EPA, Teagasc, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and my Department is currently considering these submissions. ...More Button

Climate Change Adaptation Plans

Was asked: his views on the implementation of the climate roadmap of Teagasc; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The All-of Government Plan to tackle climate breakdown sets out a target of cumulative abatement of between 16.5 and 18.5 Mt CO2 eq over the period 2021 to 2030 for the agriculture,...More Button

VAT Rate Application

Was asked: if he will increase funding for low emission slurry-spreading equipment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Renewable Energy Incentives

Was asked: the status of additional supports for anaerobic digestion and on-farm renewables; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Indigenous renewable energy plays a vital role in our domestic fuel mix and will become even more important in the context of reducing our reliance on imported fuels and in meeting our challenging ...More Button

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Was asked: if the review of the nitrates derogation will give full recognition of the carbon sinks from forests, permanent pastures and hedgerows; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Nitrates Derogation (S.I. No. 65/2018) gives effect to the European Union (Good Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters - Amendment) Regulations 2018. This regulation provides Ireland’s ...More Button

The purpose of the review of the nitrates derogation was to examine further opportunities for derogation farmers to improve efficiencies and continue to reduce their environmental footprint with ...More Button

The Nitrates expert group which is composed of officials from the EPA, Teagasc, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and DAFM is currently considering these submissions. The Nitra...More Button

Recommendations for measures will be submitted by the group within the coming months. More Button

Departmental Reviews

Was asked: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research project is scheduled to be completed.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table.

Ti...More Button

Departmental Reports

Was asked: the documents published by his Department since 1 January 2016 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the tables.

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GLAS Appeals

Was asked: the status of a GLAS appeal application by a person (details supplied).More Button

The person named was rejected from GLAS following the outcome of an inspection.

  A request for a review of the inspection findings was received in the Department on 6 June 2019...More Button

Fishing Industry Development

Was asked: if grants are available for fishermen for the replacement of outboard boat engines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme is the vehicle for financial supports to the seafood sector for the period 2014 to 2020. The Programme delivers a ...More Button

Greyhound Industry Data

Was asked: the capacity of each greyhound stadium in tabular form.More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a...More Button

The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon and therefore it has been referred to them for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the manner in which the Irish Greyhound Board accounts for the number of patrons who enter each stadium on race evenings; and if this is consistent across all stadiums and race meetings.More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a...More Button

Greyhound Industry

Was asked: if there are electronic turnstile readings for each race meeting at each greyhound stadium; if receipts are issued to all patrons at each meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a...More Button

The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon and therefore it has been referred to them for direct reply to the Deputy. More Button

Was asked: the method the Irish Greyhound Board uses to account for the number of patrons and total attendance at each race meeting at each stadium; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a...More Button

The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon and therefore it has been referred to them for direct reply to the Deputy. More Button

Was asked: his views on the attendance gate systems and records recorded by the Irish Greyhound Board for race meetings across all stadiums; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a...More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Was asked: the dates and attendees of meetings Ministers and or Departmental officials have had with members of the Irish Greyhound Board or executive since 1 May 2016, in tabular form.More Button

Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry. Bord na gCon is a...More Button

Agriculture Schemes

Was asked: the measures he plans to introduce to address an issue (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The details supplied refer to the Young Farmers Scheme, Forgotten Farmers and capital investment grants for young farmers.

  With regard to the Young Farmers Scheme, EU Regulatio...More Button

Food Industry Development

Was asked: if an agricultural attaché will be allocated to the Irish embassies in Ottawa, New Delhi and Seoul; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department and its agencies have a considerable, and growing, global footprint which is primarily aimed at facilitating growth in our agri-food exports.More Button

In response to the Government’s Global Ireland 2025 initiative, and in keeping with my Department’s efforts to help the agri-food sector to diversify its export markets, my Department is expandin...More Button

New attaché posts will be filled this year in Mexico City, Tokyo, and Berlin. It is also intended that an attaché post will be established in Seoul in 2020. More Button

There are no immediate plans to establish posts in Ottawa or New Delhi. However, my Department maintains its international presence and activities under constant review, with a view to maximising...More Button

Sheep Welfare Scheme Appeals

Was asked: the status of an appeal under the sheep welfare scheme 2019 by a person (details supplied).More Button

An appeal has been received by the Department from the person named in relation to the late submission of his sheep census form. The sheep census form is required under the terms and conditions of...More Button

Maritime Safety

Was asked: the status of a project (details supplied); if funding has been ring-fenced for the project; if so, the amount; when the project will be delivered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This project is currently under review in the wider context of the provision of existing professional sea survival training facilities within the State and the cost, both construction and operation...More Button

At the present time, there is no provision or plans to proceed with this additional project and funding has not been provided in Bord Iascaigh Mhara's Vote in 2019, for this proposed additional f...More Button

Beef Imports

Was asked: if a deal has been finalised to permit the importation of beef from South America into Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On the evening of Friday 28 June, European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, and Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, announced that political agreement has been reached on a trade de...More Button

While as a small, open economy, Ireland is supportive of international trade deals, I am very concerned at the potential impact of elements of this particular deal on the beef sector. More Button

The agreement includes a significant Tariff Rate Quota for South American beef, at a time when the beef sector in Europe is facing significant uncertainty because of Brexit. We have made concert...More Button

It is also worth noting that this agreement will not come fully into effect for some years. It will first go through a process of legal scrubbing, which could take up to two years, before being p...More Button

If the agreement passes those hurdles, it is expected that the trade elements which fall under the EU Commission's competence, will be phased in over 6 years.More Button

Aquaculture Licence Applications

Was asked: if he will confirm receipt of a letter of observation and petition opposing an application (details supplied) for an aquaculture licence at Dungloe Bay, County Donegal; if due process and all relev...More Button

Applications for aquaculture licences are considered by my Department in accordance with the provisions of the 1997 Fisheries (Amendment) Act, the 1933 Foreshore Act and applicable national and EU ...More Button

The legislation provides for a period of public and statutory consultation in respect of licence applications received, including the applications referred to by the Deputy. Observations received...More Button

As the licence applications are currently under active consideration by my Department as part of a statutory process, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further on the matter at this t...More Button

Aquaculture Licence Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will be made with respect to an appeal made against a decision to grant an aquaculture licence (details supplied) at Gaoth Dobhair Bay; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB) is the independent statutory body established for the purpose of determining appeals against aquaculture licensing decisions. In accordance with stand...More Button

As ALAB is currently considering the appeals referred to by the Deputy as part of the statutory process, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further on the matter pending the conclusion...More Button


 

 

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