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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 221-237
 Header Item Garda Stations Closures
 Header Item Personal Debt
 Header Item Residency Permits
 Header Item Family Reunification Applications
 Header Item Residency Permits
 Header Item Residency Permits
 Header Item Residency Permits
 Header Item Residency Permits
 Header Item Deportation Orders Data
 Header Item Food Safety Standards Inspections
 Header Item Air Accident Investigations
 Header Item Food Safety Standards Inspections
 Header Item Departmental Properties
 Header Item Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals
 Header Item Grassland Sheep Scheme Eligibility
 Header Item Fish Quotas

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 787 No. 5

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Written Answers Nos. 221-237

Garda Stations Closures

 221. Deputy Willie Penrose Information on Willie Penrose Zoom on Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if the proposals to close rural Garda stations is implemented, the procedures that will be used to ensure that the Garda stations and the lands surrounding them are made available to community and voluntary groups; if the various development associations may make an application to take control of the said stations for local and community projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57602/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The implementation of the reduction in the number of Garda stations and Districts as set out in the Policing Plan for 2013 will take place in full consultation with the local communities and staffing interests. Local Garda management will shortly commence the process of engaging with these communities through the Joint Policing Committees and other fora to advise them of the revised policing arrangements for the localities in question. The objective will be to ensure that the best possible policing service will be provided at all times.

The question of the possible future use of the property is a matter for the Office of Public Works and I understand that they are open to proposals as to how best to utilise the premises in question.

Personal Debt

 222. Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter when he expects to have the new Personal Insolvency Service up and running and dealing with individual cases; the number of individual cases the service will have the capacity to handle in 2013; his estimate of the number of individual cases that will seek access to the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57624/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Personal Insolvency Service are working towards a launch date in Quarter 1 of 2013 that will include the opening of an office and website, the launch of an information campaign and the issuing of publications and relevant guidelines.

Intensive efforts are also under way to design and implement the regulatory and IT frameworks required to be in place prior to the Service accepting applications for the new debt solutions (Debt Relief Notices, Debt Settlement Arrangements and Personal Insolvency Arrangements). These should be in place during Quarter 2 of 2013.

I expect a significant number of persons to seek to avail of the new or reformed insolvency processes. However, it is difficult to be precise as it will very much depend on individual circumstances and the nature and extent of the debts involved. However, for broad planning purposes for the first full year of operation of the new law and systems, our tentative estimate - based on a rough extrapolation from the comparable UK and Northern Ireland circumstances – is: 15,000 applications for the two main non-judicial debt resolution processes – the Debt Settlement Arrangement and Personal Insolvency Arrangement; 3,000 to 4,000 applications for Debt Relief Notices; and 3,000 bankruptcy applications. There were about 30 bankruptcy adjudications in 2011. This number gives an insight into the contrasting increase in work that will arise on the implementation of this Bill.

The Deputy will appreciate that these estimates for debtors seeking to avail of the new arrangements are tentative. Not all insolvencies will require to be dealt with under the new statutory debt resolution processes or bankruptcy. I would expect that the certainty brought to the future legal landscape by this Bill will encourage debtors and creditors to agree bilaterally on alternative solutions. These solutions could involve settlement of mortgage debt under the mortgage arrears resolution process operated by mortgage lenders under the supervision of the Central Bank or otherwise.

Residency Permits

 223. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter further to Parliamentary Questions No. 172 of 20 September 2012 and No. 195 of 15 November 2012, if, in view of the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Kildare was legally in this country on foot of a work permit for more than five years and they were employed in the public sector, if he will give further consideration other than that already stated to their case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57643/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The person concerned entered the State on 3rd June, 2000 and was last granted permission to remain until 23rd July, 2010. The person concerned remained in the State since that date without permission. Consequently, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 10th November, 2010, that the then Minister proposed to make a Deportation Order in respect of her. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why she should not have a Deportation Order made against her. Representations have been submitted on behalf of the person concerned.

The position in the State of the person concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. All representations submitted will be considered before a final decision is made. Once a decision has been made, this decision, and the consequences of the decision, will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Family Reunification Applications

 224. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the position regarding an application for family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57644/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person referred to by the Deputy made a Family Reunification application in April 2011.

The application was forwarded to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner as required under Section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996. The investigation was completed in December 2011 and a report was forwarded to INIS.

I am further informed by INIS that the application is currently under consideration, that a letter issued by INIS to the legal representatives of the person in question on 16th May 2012 and a response was received by INIS on 25th July 2012 advising that they would inform INIS of their client's instructions. To date no further correspondence has been received.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Residency Permits

 225. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the position regarding residency naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Westmeath;; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [57645/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The person concerned, together with the other family members referred to by the Deputy, are the subject of Deportation Orders, made against them, following a comprehensive and thorough examination of their asylum claims, applications for Subsidiary Protection and a detailed examination of the representations they submitted for consideration under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). There is no outstanding application for residency.

The effect of the Deportation Orders is that the persons concerned must leave the State and remain thereafter outside the State. The enforcement of the Deportation Orders is an operational matter for the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

There is no outstanding application for Zambrano in relation to the persons concerned.

I am satisfied that the applications made by the persons concerned for asylum and for temporary leave to remain in the State were fairly and comprehensively examined and, therefore, the decision to make Deportation Orders against them is justified.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by Email using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Residency Permits

 226. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the position regarding a residency naturalisation application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57646/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter Officials in the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) inform me that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's question.

Legally resident non-EEA nationals over the age of sixteen years are required to register with their local immigration registration officer.

It is open to any individual to lodge an application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended. Section 16 of the Act provides however that the Minister may, in his absolute discretion, grant an application for a certificate of naturalisation, although the conditions for naturalisation (or any of them) are not complied with, where the applicant is a naturalised Irish citizen acting on behalf of a minor child under the age of 18 years.

The naturalised parent of the person concerned may consider submitting an application for naturalisation on behalf of her child once the minor has regularised her immigration status with the relevant authorities and before she reaches the age 18. After that point she would be required to submit an application in her own right as an adult.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Residency Permits

 227. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the current and expected position and the reckonable residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 20; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57647/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in August, 2010.

The application is at an advanced stage of processing. Numerous attempts have been made, without success, to contact the person concerned regarding his application. It is vital that an applicant keeps my Department informed of any changes to their contact details. The person concerned should now write to the Citizenship section to provide details in relation to his move to his new address.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Residency Permits

 228. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the current or expected position regarding determination of residency or entitlement to long term residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57648/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 479 of Tuesday, 13th November 2012. The position remains as stated.

Reply to Parliamentary Question No. 479 of Tuesday, 13th November 2012

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in February, 2010.

  The application is currently being processed with a view to establishing whether the applicant meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible. While good progress continues to be made in reducing the large volume of cases on hands, the nature of the naturalisation process is such that for a broad range of reasons some cases will take longer than others to process. It is a statutory requirement that, inter alia, applicants for naturalisation be of good character. In some instances that can be established relatively quickly and in other cases completing the necessary checks can take a considerable period of time. I can, however, inform the Deputy that enormous progress has been made in dealing with the backlog and steps are being taken to process all outstanding applications as quickly as possible.

  Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.        

  The applicant currently has permission to remain in the State until October 2015.

Deportation Orders Data

 229. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will review the proposed deportation under prevention of refoulement criteria in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Meath;; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [57649/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The persons concerned comprise a father and a mother and their two children. The father applied for asylum on 4th March, 2008. His asylum claim was refused. Arising from the refusal of his asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), he was notified, by letter dated 5th December, 2008, that the then Minister proposed to make a Deportation Order in respect of him. He was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why a Deportation Order should not be made against him. In addition, he was notified of his entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in accordance with the provisions of the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

The person concerned initiated Judicial Review Proceedings in the High Court, challenging the decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal in his case. The Judicial Review proceedings were struck out on 12th October, 2010 meaning that the earlier decisions of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and the then Minister stood.

The position in the State of the father will now be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. Any representations submitted will be considered before a final decision is made. Once a decision has been made, this decision, and the consequences of the decision, will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

The mother also applied for asylum on 4th March, 2008. Her asylum claim was also refused. Arising from the refusal of her asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), she was notified, by letter dated 15th November, 2010, that the then Minister proposed to make a Deportation Order in respect of her. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why a Deportation Order should not be made against her. In addition, she was notified of her entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in accordance with the provisions of the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

The mother submitted an application for Subsidiary Protection. When consideration of this application has been completed, she will be notified in writing of the outcome.

In the event that the application for Subsidiary Protection is refused, the position in the State of the person concerned will then be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. Any representations submitted will be considered before a final decision is made. Once a decision has been made, this decision, and the consequences of the decision, will be conveyed in writing to the mother concerned.

A separate asylum application was lodged on behalf of the couple's eldest child on 13th May, 2008. This application was also refused. Arising from the refusal of this asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), this child was notified, by letter dated 15th November, 2010, that the then Minister proposed to make a Deportation order in respect of her. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why a Deportation Order should not be made against her. In addition, she was notified of her entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in accordance with the provisions of the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

This child lodged an application for Subsidiary Protection. When consideration of this application has been completed, the child concerned will be notified in writing of the outcome. In the event that the application for Subsidiary Protection is refused, the position in the State of the child concerned will then be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. Any representations submitted will be considered before a final decision is made. Once a decision has been made, this decision, and the consequences of the decision, will be conveyed in writing to the child concerned.

An asylum application was lodged in respect of the couple's second child on 10th July, 2012. The Deputy will appreciate that it is not my practice to comment on individual asylum applications where a final decision has not been made.

It is unlikely that the Zambrano Judgment will have any impact on the cases of the couple in question given that no evidence has been submitted to date to suggest that any of the couple's children can claim an entitlement to Irish citizenship. The Deputy will appreciate that, in an Irish context, the terms of the Zambrano Judgment can only be applied to third country national parents of an Irish born minor citizen child who are residing in this State with their Irish born minor citizen child or children.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Food Safety Standards Inspections

 230. Deputy Heather Humphreys Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will confirm that poultry produce used in meals for prisons is Bord Bia quality assured; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57679/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The current contract for the provision of fresh poultry products for the Irish Prison Service was placed with Crossgar Foodservices, an Northern Ireland company following an open tender competition in accordance with EU Procurement Directives.

I am advised by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) that all the poultry produce currently supplied through this contract is certified as been reared, slaughtered, cut and packed in accordance with the Bord Bia Poultry Products Quality Assurance Scheme (PPQAS).

Air Accident Investigations

 231. Deputy Denis Naughten Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if the Defence Forces have completed their investigation into the heavy landing by the Air Corps air ambulance on 19 June last; the results and recommendations on foot of the investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57459/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is carrying out an investigation following the heavy landing incident involving the Emergency Aeromedical Support (EAS) service helicopter which occurred on 19 June 2012. This investigation is ongoing.

Food Safety Standards Inspections

 232. Deputy Heather Humphreys Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will confirm that poultry produce used in meals for army barracks is Bord Bia quality assured; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57678/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The current contract for the provision of fresh poultry products to the Defence Forces is with Kildare Farm Foods, an Irish Company based in Kildare, who were awarded the contract as part of an open tendering competition, carried out in accordance with national and EU procurement rules. Overall procurement policy is a matter, in the first instance, for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

I am advised that Kildare Farms Foods is not a member of the Board Bia quality assurance scheme. However the company has a full traceability system which allows them to trace their product back to the farmer; this system is detailed and rigorous and is monitored by both the Defence Forces and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Defence Forces have indicated that they are satisfied the products are fully certified and compliant with national and EU requirements.

Departmental Properties

 233. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the number of vacant residential units in the ownership of his Department on the Curragh Camp, County Kildare, or in its environs; if he will provide a description of the properties concerned; the expenditure, if any, that was incurred over the past five years in the maintenance, repair or renovation of each individual property; if he has a plan for the use of these residential units; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57705/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter There are 40 residential properties (former married quarters) vacant in the Curragh Camp environs in various states of repair but the majority of which are uninhabitable. 39 of these properties are within the confines of the Camp and the remaining property is in Orchard Park.

In February 1997 the then Minister for Defence set out policy on married quarters on the basis that they were largely an anachronism and that they should be discontinued in a managed and orderly way. In the circumstances the properties within the confines of the Camp will not be re-allocated and will remain vacant pending a decision on conversion to other military use or demolition. The property in Orchard Park, which is outside the confines of the Camp, will, as have the majority of properties there, be sold in due course.

It is not possible to indicate how much has been spent on repair and maintenance on each individual property over the last five years, however because of the Department’s policy of non allocation the amount is minimal and relates mainly to securing the vacant properties.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

 234. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a decision will be made on a disadvantaged area scheme in respect of a person (details provided) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57363/12]

 235. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a decision will be made on an appeal for derogation in respect of a person (details provided) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57366/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney I propose to take Questions Nos. 234 and 235 together.

  An application under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 13 April 2012. There are currently two outstanding issues preventing payment.

  The first relates to the DAS derogation procedure under which an application was unsuccessful. In accordance with usual practice, the applicant was offered the option to appeal to the independently chaired DAS Appeals Committee. To date, this option has not been availed of. Should the applicant choose to appeal, it will be referred to the DAS Appeals Committee.

  In addition, a further condition of the Scheme has not been satisfied, at this stage, in regard to inclusion of equines for the purposes of meeting the minimum stocking density requirement. The Terms and Conditions governing the Scheme require, inter alia  , that in order for equines to be eligible, they must be in a registered breeding enterprise and meet certain qualifying criteria. The person concerned has already been advised by my Department of the outstanding matters in regard to stocking density. Once it has been established that this requirement has been satisfied, the application concerned can be further processed with a view to payment.

Grassland Sheep Scheme Eligibility

 236. Deputy Seán Kyne Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the reason a payment under the sheep grassland scheme was recouped by his Department in July 2012 having been paid to a person (details enclosed) in County Galway in February 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57378/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The person named originally declared thirty two breeding ewes on their 2010 sheep census declaration and was paid accordingly. Subsequently, an additional census form was received on reducing the number of breeding ewes declared by the applicant to zero. The case was recalculated based on the more recent declaration and payments adjusted accordingly.

Fish Quotas

 237. Deputy John Browne Information on John Browne Zoom on John Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the date on which total allowable catch and quota arrangements were introduced by the European Union in relation to boar fish; the percentage of the total allowable catch and the quota allocation for Ireland negotiated during the 2010 December EU Fisheries Council meeting; the quota allocation for 2012; the proposals he has to secure additional allocations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57413/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Boarfish has in recent years become the target of commercial fishing by the Irish fishing fleet. The December 2010 Council of Fisheries Ministers introduced the first Boarfish quota for the 2011 fishing year, where Ireland secured a quota of 22,000t. At the December 2011 Fisheries Council I negotiated a significantly increased quota of 56,666t for the 2012, which included a redistribution of an “All Member States” quota, this gives Ireland 69% of the total EU catch.

  Negotiations for the 2013 TAC are ongoing at the moment however this will be one of the most difficult Fisheries Council’s in years. There are considerable challenges posed by the range of issues before us at this year’s Council   and I will be working hard to deliver on TACs that respect scientific advice, reduce the unacceptable practice of discarding fish at sea and are set on a rational basis.

  It is essential to the future sustainability of our domestic fishing industry that we obtain a fair and positive outcome to these discussions from Ireland’s perspective. This is particularly important given Ireland’s imminent presidency of the EU and our strong desire to advance the wider Common Fisheries Policy reform agenda during that time. It is essential therefore that the industry and other stakeholders are fully aware of the huge challenges faced at this Council and of the range of difficulties faced in getting a satisfactory outcome for Ireland in the coming days.


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