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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 508-537
 Header Item Afforestation Programme
 Header Item Animal Slaughtering Data
 Header Item Beef Exports
 Header Item Animal Slaughtering Data
 Header Item Animal Slaughtering Standards
 Header Item Animal Slaughtering Standards
 Header Item Departmental Schemes
 Header Item Live Exports
 Header Item Beef Exports
 Header Item Food Exports
 Header Item Pork Exports
 Header Item Food Exports
 Header Item Food Exports
 Header Item Waste Management
 Header Item National Broadband Plan Implementation
 Header Item National Broadband Plan Implementation
 Header Item Climate Change Policy

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 980 No. 7

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Written Answers Nos. 508-537

Afforestation Programme

 508. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed if a series of matters in regard to forestry will be examined (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12309/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed Ireland’s Forestry Programme 2014-2020 was approved by the Government and secured State aid approval from the European Commission in 2015. The scheme provides financial support of up to 100% of the cost of establishment as well as an annual premium each year up to 15 years. 

My Department has sought to address falling planting rates through the introduction of higher rates and premiums, arising from the Mid-Term Review of the Forestry Programme, for new forestry planting – with grants increased, for example, by 2% to 7% depending on the species category and the premiums for certain categories increased by 5%. Currently, under the most popular planting category, the premium rate is €520 per hectare for planting areas greater than 10 hectares. The grants and premiums available under the programme  represent a considerable investment by the National Exchequer in afforestation and the 15 year rule will remain in place for the current Programme, as per State Aid approval.

While the Forestry Programme does not cover the cost of reforestation, forest owners can realise their asset through clear-felling, when their forest matures. It should be noted that  since 1/1/2016 changes to taxation rules means that income from felling is no longer subject to the High Earners Income Tax restriction which limited the exemption to €80,000 per annum. Furthermore, under paragraph (591) of the European Union Guidelines for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas 2014 to 2020, State aid is not allowed for reforestation grants where felled trees are replaced with equivalent ones.

As payment for reforestation is not provided for under the current Forestry Programme, no further premiums are paid once the 15 year period has elapsed.

Animal Slaughtering Data

 509. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice Information on Michael Fitzmaurice Zoom on Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the number of carcasses graded by a given machine between when it was discovered to be working out of synchronicity and the last time it was inspected by a Department official (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12368/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed The number of inspections conducted by my Department in slaughterhouses far exceeds the legal requirement as set down in regulation and is consistent with inspection controls applied in other Member States.  The Divisional Annual control plan operated by Beef Carcase Classification section of my Department requires officers to conduct, where possible, a factory inspection every 2 weeks.

In 2017 for the 13 incidences where machines were found to be out of tolerance, the average interval between the inspection by my officials and a previous Department inspection when the machine was operating within tolerance, was 9 production days.  

In 2018, for the 7 incidences, this average interval between these 2 dates was 8 production days. The exact day within each period that the machines went out of tolerance is not possible to determine.  At each production day in the factories concerned, the average number of carcases classified was 342 in 2017 and 303 in 2018.  

Beef Exports

 510. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice Information on Michael Fitzmaurice Zoom on Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the provisions which have been made to facilitate the live export of beef animals in the event that high import tariffs are placed on Irish beef exports in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12369/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed Live exports are a critical part of the infrastructure of our livestock industry. They play a significant role in stimulating price competition and provide an alternative market outlet for farmers. My Department facilitates this trade, recognising its critical importance to the agri sector, while ensuring that live animal exports meet the highest welfare standards. I continue to prioritise efforts to gain access to new third country markets and, equally importantly, to deepen existing markets for live exports.

I visited Turkey last week to meet with my Turkish counterpart, Dr Bekir Pakdemirli, Minister for Agriculture and Forestry. We discussed existing and future opportunities for technical cooperation and trade in agri-food products between Ireland and Turkey. I impressed upon Minister Pakdemirli the importance of the Turkish market for Irish livestock and our desire to re-establish trade as soon as possible. I am pleased that the Minister indicated his intention to consider the re-opening of the market in the second half of 2019 and I assured him that there is significant interest from industry in this country in resuming that trade.

The stringent system of animal health and welfare controls operated by my Department on the sea journey to Turkey ensures that Irish cattle arrive in excellent condition, a point acknowledged by the Turkish delegation.

My Department is engaging closely with Egypt to reach agreement on health certificates for the export of fattening, slaughter and breeding cattle. The Chief Veterinary Officer has written to his Egyptian counterpart on 4th March in this regard.

In November 2018, the Department reached agreement with Libya on a new veterinary health certificate for the export of breeding cattle, and an amended veterinary certificate for the export of fattening and slaughter cattle. Having an agreed health cert for breeding cattle provides much more clarity for exporters, as previously exports of breeding cattle to Libya had to be agreed on a load-by-load basis. The age of cattle that can be exported to Libya increased from 24 to 30 months – this increases opportunities for exporters to export a wider range of cattle. Live exports to Libya more than doubled in 2018 over 2017 to 5,450 head. There was a recent shipment of 1,000 bulls to Libya.

In January I also extended an invitation to my Algerian counterpart to visit Ireland in early 2019. This follows earlier contact with Algeria, in an effort to reach agreement on revised and separate slaughter, fattening and breeding certificates.

Animal Slaughtering Data

 511. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice Information on Michael Fitzmaurice Zoom on Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the number of factory-fit beef animals from Ireland slaughtered in meat plants in Northern Ireland in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12370/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed The number of beef animals that were exported to Northern Ireland for the years 2017 and 2018, were 16,687 and 17,740 respectively as recorded on the Department’s Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) database, while a total of 3,017 beef animals have been exported to Northern Ireland from the start of 2019 to 3rd March.

The AIM database does not record the intended purpose for export. This information is, however, recorded on the Veterinary Health Certificate which is issued when an animal is exported and is accessible through the TRACES system which is an intra EU traceability system. This data will be compiled and sent directly to the deputy's office.

Animal Slaughtering Standards

 512. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice Information on Michael Fitzmaurice Zoom on Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed further to Parliamentary Question No. 239 of 6 March 2019, when a factory must revert to using an approved manual grader; if there is a protocol for a farmer to follow if unhappy with the grade awarded to an animal which he or she sent to slaughter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12413/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed Unlike mechanical grading, it is open to a farmer to appeal a manual grading of the carcass. Manual classifiers are factory employees and are licensed to classify by my Department under the EU legislation.  Therefore a farmer looking to make such an appeal or to have the grade rechecked should contact the factory in question.

Animal Slaughtering Standards

 513. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice Information on Michael Fitzmaurice Zoom on Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed if approved manual carcass graders are employed by his Department or the food business operator when they are called upon in a situation in which a mechanical grading machine is found to be working out of synchronicity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12414/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1184 of 20 April 2017 governs the monitoring of carcase classification, carcase presentation and weighing.

If a mechanical classification machine is found to be working outside EU defined tolerances the factory is instructed to revert to manual grading immediately.  All manual classifiers are factory employees and are licensed to classify by my Department under the above regulation.  Where manual classification is applied, this is identified on the farmer's remittance documents. 

Departmental Schemes

 514. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed when the applications will open and the expected lending interest rate for the future growth loan scheme for long-term investment loans announced in budget 2018; and the percentage of the €300 million scheme that will be ring-fenced for sectors (details supplied) in tabular form. [12427/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed The Future Growth Loan Scheme has been developed by my Department and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in partnership with the Department of Finance, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and the European Investment Fund (EIF). It will be delivered through participating finance providers and make up to €300 million of investment loans available to eligible Irish businesses, including farmers and the agri-food & seafood sectors.

  This is a long-awaited source of finance for young and new entrant farmers, especially the cohort who do not have high levels of security. It will also serve smaller-scale farmers, who often do not have the leverage to negotiate for more favourable terms with their banking institution.

  The loans will be competitively priced at 4.5% or lower, will be for terms of 8-10 years and will support strategic long-term investment in a post-Brexit environment. There is a minimum loan amount of €100,000 for SMEs or €50,000 for primary agriculture. The maximum loan amount is €3,000,000 and loans of under €500,000 will be made on an unsecured basis.

  There will be €50 million to €60 million available initially for farmers, within an overall agri-food package of €120 million. Should demand exceed these levels, this can be reviewed.

  The Scheme features a two-stage application process whereby initial application is made through the SBCI website. Successful applicants are issued an eligibility reference number which can then be used in an application to one of the participating finance providers. Approval of loans is subject to the finance providers’ own credit policies and procedures. Further information including a FAQ document may be accessed on the DAFM website via the following link: https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agri-foodindustry/agri-foodandtheeconomy/agri-foodbusiness/futuregrowthloanscheme/.

  SBCI recently issued an open call inviting banks and other lenders to become lending partners and this closed on 11 February. SBCI advise that that a period of due diligence, which will include the EIF, is now under way. I have urged SBCI to operationalise the Scheme as soon as possible. The Scheme will run for three years from its launch date and further announcements in this regard will be made shortly.

Live Exports

 515. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the number of cattle and calves exported by country in the 2010 to 2018 period; the figures for 2019 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12428/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed Live exports are a critical part of the infrastructure of our livestock industry. They play a significant role in stimulating price competition and provide an alternative market outlet for farmers. My Department facilitates this trade, recognising its critical importance to the agri-sector, while ensuring that live animal exports meet the highest welfare standards. I continue to prioritise efforts to gain access to new third country markets and, equally importantly, to deepen existing markets for live exports.

  My decision in 2017 to reduce the veterinary inspection fee payable on live exports of calves less than three months of age from €4.80 to €1.20 has brought greater equity to the inspection fee regime. Since then there has been continued growth in the export of calves, rising from 102,000 in 2017 to 159,000 in 2018. It should be noted that the reduction of live exports in Northern Ireland over the last decade is linked to the demands by the UK multiples under the beef labelling rules.

  In 2018 live exports of cattle increased by over 30% to 246,000 head compared to 2017. The following are tables with figures for exports of cattle and calves from 2010 to 2019.

   Live exports of cattle (including calves) 2010 to 2019

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Belgium 33,600 26,200 8,300 19,500 21,700
France 3,100 1,000 200 7,000 5,300
GB 8,600 7,600 11,500 11,300 18,100
Greece 1,300 1,700 2,500 1,600 1,300
Hungary 400 1,000 1,100 100 100
Italy 70,800 53,700 37,900 26,000 30,000
Libya 0 0 0 14,500 17,700
Morocco 2,700 2,100 2,300 1,400 800
Netherlands 61,900 34,500 15,000 31,500 38,200
Northern Ireland 95,100 59,400 62,600 54,600 54,400
Poland 0 0 0 0 0
Romania 0 100 200 400 200
Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0
Spain 60,700 25,100 15,400 36,800 44,300
Tunisia 0 200 1,300 2,900 3,700
Turkey 0 0 0 0 0
Total * 339,000 214,500 160,400 208,900 236,800
  Table ctd.
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Belgium 600 400 5,500 13,500 900
France 8,600 5,900 2,800 9,100 0
GB 9,100 6,600 5,900 5,500 400
Greece 700 1,500 1,000 1,600 500
Hungary 100 400 100 200 100
Italy 24,900 18,600 19,400 24,100 3,100
Libya 400 2,200 1,800 5,500 0
Morocco 300 200 0 700 0
Netherlands 43,700 27,000 41,800 48,900 9,900
Northern Ireland 55,300 24,500 26,100 24,600 4,400
Poland 0 0 0 2,700 1,400
Romania 300 600 1,400 800 0
Slovakia 0 500 300 1,800 0
Spain 29,600 37,000 50,500 92,500 11,100
Tunisia 3,900 0 0 200 200
Turkey 0 19,300 30,600 12,900 0
Total * 178,000 145,200 188,300 246,200 32,000


  Live exports of calves 2010 to 2019
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Belgium 33,300 26,200 8,300 19,200 20,100
France 3,000 900 100 6,700 5,000
Netherlands 61,700 34,400 14,900 31,400 34,200
Northern Ireland 12,000 1,400 800 700 2,000
Italy 11,700 5,200 1,200 1,400 2,000
Spain 36,300 20,000 13,000 31,200 38,200
Total * 159,000 88,100 38,300 90,700 101,600
  Table ctd.
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Belgium 0 0 4,200 13,300 900
France 8,300 5,600 2,400 8,500 0
Netherlands 43,400 26,600 41,400 48,600 8,700
Northern Ireland 2,000 1,100 1,200 2,100 100
Italy 4,100 6,800 8,400 12,700 1,300
Spain 27,400 32,600 44,000 73,000 7,900
Total * 85,500 72,700 101,600 158,800 19,900
  * Countries with smaller numbers of exports are not listed on tables but are included in totals.

Beef Exports

 516. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the volume and value in 2018 of total beef exports by country; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12429/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed Irish beef exports increased from €2,405 million in 2017 to €2,439 million in 2018.  The following table provides beef exports from the start of January to the end of December 2018, in both value and volume terms according to the CSO trade statistics.

Country €000 Tonnes % Value % Volume
Austria 4,668 1,503 <1% <1%
Bahrain 91 13 <1% <1%
Belgium 54,039 5,834 2.22% 1.09%
Benin 19 26 <1% <1%
Bulgaria 671 112 <1% <1%
Canada 2,179 585 <1% <1%
China (incl Hong Kong) 65,028 20,726 2.67% 3.87%
Comoros 10 20 <1% <1%
Congo 127 151 <1% <1%
Costa Rica 25 25 <1% <1%
Croatia 670 120 <1% <1%
Cyprus 400 36 <1% <1%
Czech Republic 15,517 2,863 <1% <1%
Denmark 40,367 10,799 1.65% 2.02%
Estonia 320 70 <1% <1%
Finland 2,117 343 <1% <1%
France 233,146 50,174 9.56% 9.38%
Gabon 125 50 <1% <1%
Georgia 90 67 <1% <1%
Germany 140,588 17,786 5.76% 3.32%
Ghana 9,454 9,319 <1% 1.74%
Gibraltar 60 14 <1% <1%
Greece 911 84 <1% <1%
Guinea 84 126 <1% <1%
Guinea Bissau 28 26 <1% <1%
Honduras 38 25 <1% <1%
Hungary 1,072 350 <1% <1%
Iceland 17 3 <1% <1%
Israel 896 155 <1% <1%
Italy 184,505 26,667 7.56% 4.98%
Ivory Coast 3,586 4,834 <1% <1%
Jamaica 39 25 <1% <1%
Japan 3,626 842 <1% <1%
Latvia 8 3 <1% <1%
Lebanon 91 39 <1% <1%
Liberia 225 300 <1% <1%
Libya 435 179 <1% <1%
Lithuania 450 126 <1% <1%
Luxembourg 4,768 362 <1% <1%
Malta 5,849 810 <1% <1%
Morocco 54 15 <1% <1%
Mozambique 382 557 <1% <1%
Netherlands 200,530 40,169 8.22% 7.51%
Norway 526 112 <1% <1%
Papua New Guinea 38 25 <1% <1%
Philippines 31,692 17,674 1.30% 3.30%
Poland 10,100 3,628 <1% <1%
Portugal 16,119 3,155 <1% <1%
Romania 1,386 234 <1% <1%
Saudi Arabia 58 26 <1% <1%
Senegal 3,214 3,935 <1% <1%
Sierra Leone 35 50 <1% <1%
Singapore 1,024 312 <1% <1%
Slovakia 2,922 534 <1% <1%
Slovenia 167 13 <1% <1%
South Africa 3,008 2,614 <1% <1%
South Korea 619 188 <1% <1%
Spain 56,709 10,389 2.32% 1.94%
Sweden 87,540 19,669 3.59% 3.68%
Switzerland 24,624 2,103 1.01% <1%
Togo 36 52 <1% <1%
Trinidad & Tabago 552 141 <1% <1%
UK (incl Northern Ireland) 1,206,163 269,631 49.45% 50.40%
Tunisia 377 328 <1% <1%
United Arab Emirates 622 24 <1% <1%
United States 9,515 2,135 <1% <1%
Vietnam 4,876 1,686 <1% <1%
Grand Total 2,439,227 534,991    

Food Exports

 517. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the countries to which Ireland exports lamb; the volume and value in 2018 of total exports by country; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12430/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed Sheepmeat exports increased by 1.5% in value in 2018 compared to 2017, to an estimated €314.8 million, or almost 60,000 tonnes. The following table provides sheepmeat exports from the start of January to the end of December 2018, in both value and volume terms according to the CSO trade statistics.

Country €000 Tonnes % Value % Volume
Austria 1,340 195 <1% <1%
Belgium 27,648 3,823 8.78% 6.39%
Bulgaria 425 32 <1% <1%
Canada 5,709 1,262 1.81% 2.11%
China (incl Hong Kong) 3,192 1,252 1.01% 2.09%
Comoros 30 6 <1% <1%
Congo 20 19 <1% <1%
Croatia 32 2 <1% <1%
Czech Republic 314 29 <1% <1%
Denmark 11,096 1,470 3.53% 2.46%
Estonia 56 14 <1% <1%
Finland 590 110 <1% <1%
France 102,014 18,878 32.41% 31.53%
Gabon 58 25 <1% <1%
Germany 39,569 6,315 12.57% 10.55%
Ghana 397 399 <1% <1%
Greece 12 2 <1% <1%
Hungary 68 17 <1% <1%
Italy 11,300 1,993 3.59% 3.33%
Ivory Coast 682 919 <1% 1.54%
Latvia 64 5 <1% <1%
Luxembourg 499 62 <1% <1%
Malta 299 28 <1% <1%
Mozambique 35 51 <1% <1%
Netherlands 7,182 1,533 2.28% 2.56%
Philippines 129 124 <1% <1%
Poland 898 241 <1% <1%
Portugal 440 50 <1% <1%
Romania 28 2 <1% <1%
Singapore 39 26 <1% <1%
Slovakia 163 22 <1% <1%
South Africa 574 708 <1% 1.18%
Spain 862 121 <1% <1%
Sweden 23,465 4,558 7.46% 7.61%
Switzerland 18,292 1,258 5.81% 2.10%
UK (incl Northern Ireland) 56,650 14,199 18.00% 23.72%
United Arab Emirates 340 18 <1% <1%
Vietnam 247 102 <1% <1%
Grand Total 314,758 59,870    

Pork Exports

 518. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the breakdown by country in volume and value in 2018 of pork exports; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12431/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed Last year the total value of pigmeat exports, taking account of all pigmeat including prepared and preserved, was more than €832 million, an increase from €793 million in 2017. Additionally, in volume terms, exports rose by almost 10 million tonnes growing from 277 million tonnes in 2017 to 286 million tonnes in 2018.

  The following table, based on CSO data, shows the total pigmeat exports and exports to some of Ireland's key markets in 2018.

Country €000 Tonnes % value
       
Angola 13 25 <1%
Australia 18,025 6,670 2.17%
Austria 759 277 1%
Azerbaijan 31 25 <1%
Bahrain 5 1 <1%
Belgium 2,835 2,427 <1%
Bermuda 106 35 <1%
Bulgaria 474 289 <1%
Canada 5,120 1,538 <1%
Central African Republic 10 25 <1%
Chile 81 52 <1%
China (incl. Hong Kong) 79,164 59,438 9.52%
Congo 131 147 <1%
Croatia 16 3 <1%
Czech Republic 14,184 5,583 1.70%
Denmark 51,472 20,238 6.19%
Equatorial Guinea 13 25 <1%
Estonia 1,572 651 <1%
Finland 1,372 252 <1%
France 19,668 3,187 2.36%
Germany 31,638 16,155 3.80%
Ghana 462 712 <1%
Gibraltar 14 5 <1%
Greece 103 30 <1%
Guam 355 143 <1%
Haiti 33 75 <1%
Hungary 1,403 955 <1%
Iceland 24 5 <1%
Italy 3,545 744 <1%
Ivory Coast 292 606 <1%
Jamaica 385 174 <1%
Japan 41,364 14,805 4.97%
Latvia 74 59 <1%
Lebanon 83 14 <1%
Liberia 22 49 <1%
Lithuania 723 298 1%
Luxembourg 8 2 <1%
Malaysia 18 25 <1%
Malta 156 36 <1%
Netherlands 9,308 2,375 1.12%
New Zealand 1,718 734 <1%
Philippines 7,878 8,248 1%
Poland 3,378 1,374 <1%
Portugal 2,446 202 <1%
Romania 21 3 <1%
Saudi Arabia 25 25 <1%
Singapore 439 445 <1%
Slovakia 53 12 <1%
Slovenia 17 3 <1%
South Africa 1,347 895 <1%
South Korea 13,765 6,193 1.65%
Spain 14,226 1,617 1.71%
Sweden 7,154 6,436 <1%
Switzerland 680 58 <1%
Trinidad & Tobago 2,392 960 <1%
United Kingdom 471,533 115,041 56.67%
United Arab Emirates 1,370 342 <1%
United States 18,267 5,145 2.20%
Vietnam 313 211 <1%
Grand Total 832,083 286,099  

Food Exports

 519. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the breakdown by country in volume and value in 2018 of dairy ingredient exports; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12432/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed In 2018, Ireland exported dairy products to over 130 countries totalling over €4.5 billion worth of produce, an increase of over 5% by volume compared to 2017 and another year of strong performance by the Irish dairy sector.

  The following table, based on CSO data, outlines details in respect of values and tonnage by country for dairy exports, and the share of total dairy exports to that country with respect to trade in 2018.

  Exports of dairy ingredients from Ireland in 2018

Country €000 Tonnes % of Total Volume
OVERALL TOTAL 4,564,152 1,432,956  
Afghanistan 6,505 3,627 <1%
Algeria 49,889 17,301 1%
Angola 6,223 3,346 <1%
Argentina 2,722 1,080 <1%
Australia 5,088 860 <1%
Austria 12,711 3,588 <1%
Azerbaijan 77 9 <1%
Bahamas 2,154 301 <1%
Bahrain 5,501 1,086 <1%
Bangladesh 9,408 5,648 <1%
Barbados 255 37 <1%
Belarus 422 84 <1%
Belgium 150,938 32,090 2%
Benin 792 519 <1%
Bermuda 289 41 <1%
Brazil 5,214 1,861 <1%
British Virgin Islands 407 239 <1%
Bulgaria 833 230 <1%
Burkina Faso 7,333 4,068 <1%
Burma 1,354 701 <1%
Cameroon 366 160 <1%
Canada 8,921 1,150 <1%
Cape Verde 647 200 <1%
Cayman Islands 327 48 <1%
Ceuta 80 52 <1%
Chad 1,214 806 <1%
Chile 5,095 697 <1%
China (incl Hong Kong) 541,372 95,681 7%
Colombia 10,007 1,342 <1%
Congo 5,911 3,271 <1%
Congo (Dem Rep) 16,306 9,588 1%
Costa Rica 3,851 1,291 <1%
Croatia 1,451 374 <1%
Cyprus 3,151 316 <1%
Czech Republic 6,427 1,298 <1%
Denmark 14,306 5,921 <1%
Dominica 482 415 <1%
Dominican Republic 4,889 1,181 <1%
Ecuador 1,649 208 <1%
Egypt 23,453 8,486 1%
El Salvador 3,999 1,116 <1%
Ethiopia 649 72 <1%
Finland 393 89 <1%
France 204,458 55,975 4%
Gabon 1,088 657 <1%
Gambia 2,748 1,543 <1%
Georgia 191 44 <1%
Germany 357,690 105,664 7%
Ghana 15,742 10,222 1%
Gibraltar 130 18 <1%
Greece 15,332 3,121 <1%
Guatemala 8,482 1,945 <1%
Guinea 4,066 2,266 <1%
Guyana 1,005 270 <1%
Honduras 1,228 319 <1%
Hungary 1,836 372 <1%
India 135 189 <1%
Indonesia 14,035 7,413 1%
Iran 487 100 <1%
Iraq 51,805 23,818 2%
Israel 22,374 2,879 <1%
Italy 32,979 10,655 1%
Ivory Coast 10,167 6,214 <1%
Jamaica 1,175 504 <1%
Japan 40,728 12,169 1%
Jordan 19,375 5,008 <1%
Kenya 923 463 <1%
Kuwait 15,489 1,984 <1%
Latvia 2,305 549 <1%
Lebanon 8,730 2,779 <1%
Liberia 973 557 <1%
Libya 14,127 3,458 <1%
Lithuania 168 28 <1%
Madagascar 544 191 <1%
Malawi 4,629 1,969 <1%
Malaysia 52,548 28,019 2%
Maldives 35 47 <1%
Mali 29,094 18,793 1%
Malta 4,595 1,564 <1%
Marshall Islands 31 3 <1%
Mauritania 2,903 1,729 <1%
Mauritius 2,130 777 <1%
Mexico 43,222 11,067 1%
Morocco 18,804 4,871 <1%
Mozambique 44 28 <1%
Nepal 30 47 <1%
Netherlands 610,758 192,069 13%
New Zealand 9,256 5,631 <1%
Nicaragua 63 5 <1%
Niger 4,250 2,554 <1%
Nigeria 77,329 43,531 3%
Norway 1,409 274 <1%
Occupied Palestine 6,805 681 <1%
Oman 10,065 1,538 <1%
Other (Non-EU) 144 15 <1%
Pakistan 10,902 6,294 <1%
Panama 4,111 345 <1%
Peru 11,704 2,164 <1%
Philippines 17,871 8,749 1%
Poland 80,434 28,383 2%
Portugal 4,340 1,203 <1%
Qatar 4,994 648 <1%
Romania 3,456 795 <1%
Russia 24,986 7,759 1%
Sao Tome & Principe 46 27 <1%
Saudi Arabia 101,405 16,145 1%
Senegal 43,365 24,564 2%
Seychelles 800 133 <1%
Sierra Leone 461 266 <1%
Singapore 17,671 7,696 1%
Slovakia 418 110 <1%
Slovenia 1,010 261 <1%
Somalia 647 85 <1%
South Africa 23,478 9,643 1%
South Korea 4,031 1,378 <1%
Spain 62,945 16,031 1%
Sri Lanka 91 14 <1%
St Vincent & Grenadines 238 101 <1%
Sudan 1,219 625 <1%
Surinam 1,631 521 <1%
Swaziland 76 9 <1%
Sweden 6,376 1,434 <1%
Switzerland 5,644 1,588 <1%
Syria 2,429 2,708 <1%
Taiwan 19,262 2,248 <1%
Tanzania United Rep 1,441 855 <1%
Thailand 23,185 9,067 1%
Togo 10,672 6,415 <1%
Trinidad and Tabago 8,427 2,499 <1%
Tunisia 6,866 2,483 <1%
Turkey 32,758 6,489 <1%
United Arab Emirates 40,478 14,635 1%
United Kingdom 1,021,759 407,540 28%
United States 293,398 48,232 3%
Vietnam 10,915 2,482 <1%
Yemen 3,253 1,491 <1%
Zambia 1,728 842 <1%
Zimbabwe 1,511 935 <1%

Food Exports

 520. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed the breakdown by country in volume and value in 2018 of cheddar exports; the percentage of total exports to each country in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12433/19]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Information on Michael Creed Zoom on Michael Creed In 2018, Ireland exported dairy products, including cheese to more than 130 countries totalling over €4.5 billion worth of produce. Total cheddar cheese exports for 2018 was in excess of €560 million.

  The following table, based on CSO data, outlines details in respect of values and tonnage by country for cheddar exports, and the share of total cheddar exports to that country with respect to trade in 2018.

  Exports of cheddar cheese from Ireland in 2018

Country €000 Tonnes % of Total Volume
OVERALL TOTAL 560,598 171,189  
Algeria 32,057 9,776 6%
Australia 52 4 <1%
Austria 1,347 524 <1%
Bahamas 126 22 <1%
Bahrain 1,703 374 <1%
Belgium 16,096 4,708 3%
Bermuda 25 5 <1%
Canada 429 63 <1%
Cayman Islands 76 12 <1%
Chile 31 4 <1%
China (incl Hong Kong) 1,208 270 <1%
Cyprus 1,533 101 <1%
Czech Republic 384 112 <1%
Denmark 2,800 996 1%
Egypt 11,760 3,592 2%
Finland 4 <1 <1%
France 10,744 3,039 2%
Germany 38,624 11,613 7%
Gibraltar 5 1 <1%
Greece 558 109 <1%
Guatemala 365 105 <1%
Guyana 809 200 <1%
Hungary 194 35 <1%
Iraq 89 24 <1%
Italy 2,295 680 <1%
Ivory Coast 72 20 <1%
Jamaica 65 9 <1%
Japan 37,201 11,435 7%
Jordan 1,831 494 <1%
Kenya 47 10 <1%
Kuwait 785 212 <1%
Lebanon 896 226 <1%
Libya 11,936 3,136 2%
Lithuania 147 24 <1%
Malaysia 110 15 <1%
Malta 2,769 842 <1%
Mauritius 287 33 <1%
Morocco 5,778 1,805 1%
Netherlands 48,959 15,696 9%
Nigeria 30 9 <1%
Norway 737 156 <1%
Oman 38 10 <1%
Poland 574 167 <1%
Portugal 175 28 <1%
Qatar 362 66 <1%
Romania 168 48 <1%
Saudi Arabia 15,120 4,667 3%
Senegal 347 94 <1%
Seychelles 342 52 <1%
Singapore 519 151 <1%
Slovenia 10 1 <1%
South Africa 700 182 <1%
South Korea 69 20 <1%
Spain 16,088 4,341 3%
Sri Lanka 17 4 <1%
Sweden 70 6 <1%
Switzerland 456 122 <1%
Trinidad & Tabago 309 67 <1%
Tunisia 3,488 1,105 1%
Turkey 2,922 840 <1%
United Arab Emirates 5,202 1,267 1%
United Kingdom 266,445 85,280 50%
United States 12,213 2,180 1%

Waste Management

 521. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if his Department had studied the work of an organisation (details supplied) by which the Scottish Government tries to accelerate the development of a circular economy; if the targets aimed for by the organisation could be a model for a similar approach here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11673/19]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton A review of "A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland" will commence this year. This review process will take account of a number of initiatives, such as the European Circular Economy waste and plastics legislation framework and the reports from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and the Price Monitoring Group. This process will inform the development of future national waste management policy, including our environmental goals, regulatory and market structures, and policy instruments and tools.

In that context, officials from my Department are currently reviewing Circular Economy Action Plans published throughout the EU in preparation for development of our own Circular Economy Action Plan. This includes the work of the Scottish government. The Department has also funded a report by the National Economic and Social Council on 'Moving towards the Circular Economy in Ireland'.

While we can learn from existing plans in operation in other jurisdictions, it is accepted that any new policy design will need to take into consideration the context of Ireland's economy and will need to be aligned with our wider policy goals.

National Broadband Plan Implementation

 522. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection under the roll-out of the national broadband plan for an area (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [11463/19]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I welcome recent announcements of further commercial investment in high speed broadband infrastructure by telecommunications operators. While my Department has received high level presentations from the operators with regard to their recent announcements, the operators have not published, or provided my Department with, detailed commercial or technical plans identifying the individual premises to be served.

  The premises referenced by the Deputy is in the BLUE area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The BLUE areas are where commercial providers are either currently delivering, or have plans to deliver, high speed broadband services.

  Where a citizen living in a Blue area is unable to obtain a high speed broadband service, I would encourage them to email my Department at broadband@dccae.gov.ie with their Eircode and details of the service providers they have contacted and the issues encountered in respect of accessing high speed broadband.

National Broadband Plan Implementation

 523. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection of a property (details supplied) under the roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11472/19]

 525. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11485/19]

 526. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11486/19]

 527. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80, 000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11487/19]

 528. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for the connection of a property (details supplied) to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11506/19]

 529. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11519/19]

 530. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11520/19]

 531. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11522/19]

 532. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11523/19]

 533. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for the roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11529/19]

 534. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11530/19]

 535. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11531/19]

 536. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11532/19]

 537. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11533/19]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I propose to take Questions Nos. 523 and 525 to 537, inclusive, together.

  I welcome recent announcements of further commercial investment in high speed broadband infrastructure by telecommunications operators. While my Department has received high level presentations from the operators with regard to their recent announcements, the operators have not published, or provided my Department with, detailed commercial or technical plans identifying the individual premises to be served.

  The premises referenced by the Deputy are in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMBER areas represent the target areas for the proposed State led Intervention under the NBP. This intervention is the subject of an ongoing procurement process.

  The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.

Climate Change Policy

 524. Deputy Catherine Martin Information on Catherine Martin Zoom on Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton further to Parliamentary Question No. 539 of 16 October 2018, the terms of reference for the report on just transition due in early 2019 as mentioned by an official at the Joint Committee on Climate Action meeting on 17 September 2018; and the date for the likely completion of the report. [11473/19]

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I am currently preparing an All of Government Climate Plan which will set out the actions which must be taken to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. I am working with colleagues across Government to develop new initiatives in electricity, transport and heat, as well as a range of other sectors. The All of Government Plan will build on the previous actions and framework put in place by both the National Mitigation Plan and the National Development Plan.

It is proposed that the new plan will include a series of actions aimed at further developing our analytical understanding of the socio-economic and distributional impacts of the low-carbon transition, ensuring that we design policies and measures to address both the challenges and the opportunities arising, and putting in place appropriate frameworks to support regions that are expected to be particularly impacted by the transition. This includes work to analyse the economic and employment implications of the transition to be completed by the end of 2019, in line with the timeframe committed to in the National Mitigation Plan.

The publication of the Government's Future Jobs Ireland on 10 March also reflects the importance of a just transition for Ireland and sets out a series of complementary actions, including commissioning the National Economic and Social Council to develop policy recommendations for consideration by Government for the operation of Transition Teams to manage the impact of economic transition on vulnerable workers and sectors. These may comprise: developmental supports for enterprises and sectors faced with challenges arising from the move to a low carbon economy; sustainable business models and new technologies; career advice and training guidance to managers and workers in sectors and job roles affected by future changes; accessible training to upskill and retrain such workers including through Skills to Advance as well as tailored development plans for them; and potential EU financial assistance opportunities for such a programme.

Questions Nos. 525 to 537, inclusive, answered with Question No. 523.


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