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Coveney, Simon

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Misuse of Motor Vehicles (Public Spaces) Bill 2012: First Stage

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Sale of State Assets

Was asked: if a clause can be built into any sale of Coillte forests to guarantee the current supply of round logs to the sawmilling industry here; if a similar clause is being put in place to protect and gua...More Button

Further to the Government decision that a concession for the harvesting rights to Coillte’s forests be considered for sale, Coillte Board and management have been actively engaged in recent months ...More Button

The process is at an advanced stage and, aside from the valuation of the forestry assets, a number of issues have been identified in relation to the possible harvesting rights concession. These i...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

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

The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2011. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-b...More Button

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

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st   September 2010 and full payments totalling €1,122.58 and ...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Was asked: when payment for derogation 2012 will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named has recently been advised of the success of his derogation application under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. Payment will issue shortly, directly to the nominated bank account.More Button

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

The person named commenced REPS 4 in May 2008 and received payments for the first four years of their contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and is subject to ...More Button

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has not yet issued as the holding of the person named has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements. When this requireme...More Button

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

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued to the person named on 29 November 2012, directly to the nominated bank account.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Cavan will receive the remainder of their 2010 disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can confirm that payments issued to the person named on 3 December.More Button

Was asked: when a farmer (details supplied) in Cuonty Galway will be paid their 2012 disadvantage area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued directly to the nominated bank account of the person named on 26 September 2012.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid their 2012 disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has not yet issued as, at this stage, the holding of the person named has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements. Imme...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid their 2012 disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As processing of the application of the person named has recently been finalised, payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will issue shortly, directly to the nominated bank account.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid their 2012 disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As processing of the application of the person named has recently been completed, payment will shortly issue to the nominated bank account.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid their 2012 disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As processing of the application of the person named has recently been completed, payment will shortly issue to the nominated bank account of the person named.More Button

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

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 536 and 537 together.More Button

The person named is an applicant under both the 2012 Single Payment Scheme and the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. In order to meet EU requirements, the application concerned was one of a numbe...More Button

Aquaculture Licences Applications

Was asked: if he will confirm if a letter was sent by Bord Iascaigh Mhara to him complaining about members of Inland Fisheries Ireland attending a public meeting in Galway on 14 November last; if so, if he wi...More Button

My Department has received email communications from an Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) outlining what had happened at a public information meeting in Galway concerning BIM’s application for an aquacultu...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be reached on an aquaculture and foreshore licence in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The application referred to is in respect of a site in Ballycotton Bay, which is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive (Natura 2000 site).More Button

All applications in ‘Natura’ areas are required to be appropriately assessed for the purpose of environmental compliance with the EU Birds and/or Habitats Directives prior to any licensing determ...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Application Numbers

Ó tharla iarratas an duine ainmnithe a bheith próiseáilte le déanaí, eiseofar íocaíocht go luath chuig cuntas bainc ainmnithe an té sin.More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

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

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal on disadvantaged area payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork with particular reference to the derogation process on this case; and if he w...More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

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

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on disadvantaged area scheme appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will take the additional information into consideration; and if he wi...More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a disadvantaged area scheme appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will take the additional information into consideration; and if he ...More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a disadvantaged area scheme appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will take the additional information into consideration; and if he ...More Button

The person named is one of a number, their derogation application having been unsuccessful, who were offered the option to appeal to the independently chaired DAS Appeals Committee. While, to date,...More Button

Was asked: when an appeal in relation to a derogation under the disadvantaged areas scheme will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal against the non payment of disadvantaged area payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo and if it will be expedited; and if he will make a st...More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their appeal for disadvantaged area aid payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The appeal of the person named was recently forwarded to the DAS Appeals Committee for consideration; immediately that Committee has adjudicated on this appeal, the person concerned will be notifie...More Button

Was asked: the estimated time the DAS Appeals Committee will take considering individual appeals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

When proposals were being made to the EU Commission regarding changes to the Terms and Conditions governing the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, I confirmed that provision would be made for those f...More Button

In this regard, I established the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals Committee, comprising of Appeals Officers from the Agriculture Appeals Office in Portlaoise, chaired by an independent Chairma...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has not yet received their disadvantaged area payment and their single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In order to meet EU requirements, the application concerned was one of a number which was selected for inspection. However, as this revealed an over-declaration of greater than 20%, no payment is ...More Button

Eisíodh íocaíocht faoin Scéim um Limistéir faoi Mhíbhuntáiste 2012 ar an 3 Samhain chuig cúntas bainc ainmnithe an duine ainmnithe.More Button

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

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has not yet issued as, at this stage, the holding concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements. My Department h...More Button

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

Payment under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has not yet issued as, at this stage, the holding concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements for 2012. Immedi...More Button

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

Issues arose relating to the nine commonage land parcels declared by the person named under the 2012 Schemes. My Department has been in direct contact with the person named on a number of occasions...More Button

Was asked: when disadvantaged area scheme application will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. More Button

Following the success of the derogation application of the person named, their application under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has now been processed and confirmed eligible for payment, which...More Button

Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied) furnished to him on 25 September 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I regret that it has not been possible in the interim to respond to the correspondence referred to. However, I will now set out the position in relation to this case.More Button

The person named was the subject of a Nitrates inspection by my Department, on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, on 15 March 2012. This inspection recor...More Button

Capital Programme Expenditure

Was asked: in respect of the October Exchequer returns, the reason the capital spending for his Department was €13m below profile for this period; his plans to ensure that the full capital spending is impleme...More Button

A profile of projected expenditure on a monthly basis is drawn up at the beginning of each year in order to anticipate the Department’s funding requirements and financial management over the course...More Button

The October Exchequer returns for my Department and show that the there are a number of budget lines, which are, for a variety of reasons, behind profile. I expect that in most cases expenditure ...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

Was asked: the number of the top 100 beneficiaries of the single farm payment who tested fewer than 50 cattle in their annual herd test in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of farmers in receipt of single farm payment who tested fewer than 200 cattle in their annual herd test in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of farmers who have no entitlement to the single farm payment; the number of cattle these farmers tested in their annual herd test in 2011; the number of sheep these farmers declared on ...More Button

Was asked: the number of farmers whose single farm payment was less than €5,000 in 2011; the number of cattle these farmers tested in their annual herd test 2011; the number of sheep these farmers declared on...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 500 to 503, inclusive, together.

  The information requested is being complied at present and will be forwarded to the Deputy directly.More Button

Was asked: if the application of a person (details supplied) in County Cork for 2012 single payment scheme will be re-examined in view of the weather circumstances in 2012 making this land inaccessible for me...More Button

The person named is an applicant under the 2012 Single Payment and Disadvantaged Areas Schemes. In order to comply with EU requirements, the application was one of a number which was selected for ...More Button

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

The 50% advance payment under the 2012 Single Payment Scheme issued to the person named on 3 October and the 50% balancing payment on 3 December, directly to the nominated bank account.More Button

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

The person named is an applicant under the Single Payment and Disadvantaged Area Schemes. In order to meet EU requirements, the application concerned was one of a number which was selected for ins...More Button

State Agencies

Was asked: if BIM has reported back to him on foot of his request for information on the allegation that the agency was competing unfairly with the private sector in relation to training in the area of marine...More Button

In response to the Deputy’s earlier related Question of 22nd February, 2012, I requested the Chair of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) to provide me with a report on the Bord’s training activities. I hav...More Button

Scéim na Limistéar faoi Mhíbhuntáiste

Ó tharla iarratas an duine ainmnithe a bheith próiseáilte le déanaí, eiseofar íocaíocht go luath chuig cuntas bainc ainmnithe an té sin.More Button

Cross-Border Co-operation

Was asked: if he will outline projects on which his Department cooperates with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the North. More Button

Both my officials and I are directly involved in ongoing and frequent North South engagement on a range of issues. This work is undertaken in the context of advancing co-operation through the stru...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Applications

Was asked: when an agri environment option scheme payment for 2011 will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2011. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme a...More Button

Was asked: when a 2012 agri environment option scheme payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st   November 2010 and full payments totalling €476.63 and €2,...More Button

Departmental Schemes

Was asked: the position regarding a single farm payment, rural environment protection scheme and area aid payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if it will be expedited; and if he w...More Button

Payments under the Schemes mentioned have not yet issued to the person named as an issue concerning an area of previously unmapped commonage, which was declared by the person named for the first ti...More Button

With specific regard to the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme as, at this stage, the holding of the person named has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements, payment cann...More Button

Was asked: the number of farmers that have received their payments in each county and the number of farmers awaiting to receive their payment in each county under the single farm payment in tabular form; and ...More Button

Was asked: the number of farmers whave received their payments in each county and the number of farmers awaiting to receive their payment in each county under the disadvantaged areas scheme in tabular form; a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 523 and 524 together.

  The information sought is being collated and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy.More Button

Harbours and Piers Funding

Was asked: if he will confirm if Dunmore East Harbour, County Waterford, is to be included on the list of fishing harbours which are to be shortly allocated funding (details supplied); and if he will make a s...More Button

The Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Development Programme which my Department administers on an annual basis provides funding for capital works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres...More Button

Harbours and Piers Expenditure

Was asked: his plans to dredge the harbour at Dunmore East (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre is one of the six designated Fishery Harbour Centres, which are owned, managed and maintained by my Department. The harbour makes a valuable contribution to the...More Button

My Department continues to support the harbour’s development with funding provided for maintenance, development and upgrading works. The need for dredging works at the harbour has been recognise...More Button

Forestry Sector

Was asked: the reason Coillte failed to correctly predict the future supply of round logs that was to be available to the sawmilling industry here from the forests it manages; his views on whether the predict...More Button

Coillte Teoranta was established as a private commercial company under the Forestry Act, 1988 and day-to-day operational matters, such as timber supply forecasts, are the responsibility of the comp...More Button

As part of its commitment, Coillte regularly, on a 5 year rolling basis, publishes a forecast of potential roundwood supply. In the recent past this was done in 2000 (covering the 2000-2005 peri...More Button

As I mentioned, Coillte shares these Forecasts with its customers and the forecast figures go to make up the company’s annual supply programme and its offer to their sawmill customers. I conside...More Button

Was asked: his views on the threat that the sale of Coillte forests will pose for the future of the sawmilling industry here and the thousands of jobs therein and that the sale of such national assets will al...More Button

Further to the Government decision that a concession for the harvesting rights to Coillte’s forests be considered for sale, Coillte Board and management have been actively engaged in recent months ...More Button

Fisheries Protection

Was asked: the position regarding crawfish and the rules and regulations surrounding the catching of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Council Regulation (EC) No. 850/98 presently imposes an EU minimum landing size (MLS) for crawfish of 95mm, but was originally enacted as a MLS of 110mm. The EU Regulation was changed with effect ...More Button

Ireland’s Crawfish (Conservation of Stocks) Regulations 2006 (S.I. 232 of 2006) prohibit the landing, transhipment, retention on board, or sale of crawfish below the national minimum landing size...More Button

My Department was notified in December 2010 of a complaint received through the EU PILOT system alleging that Ireland’s national regulations for the management of the crawfish stock were in breac...More Button

On 24 May 2011, I announced that I had asked BIM and the Marine Institute to conduct a review of Ireland’s technical conservation measures for crawfish, having regard to the negative and declinin...More Button

On 14 February 2012, I received the report of the Review, together with a more detailed scientific examination of the crawfish stock from the Marine Institute. The Review Report is available on ...More Button

The Review also emphasised the importance of retaining the crawfish netting prohibitions off Kerry and Galway and recommended that their coverage and the introduction of new closed areas be consi...More Button

Common Agricultural Policy Reform

Was asked: if he will outline the proposals, if any, he has put forward in relation to the need to put in place effective market support measures to deal with price volatility in the context of common agricul...More Button

Effective market support measures begin with an adequate budget. If we are to ensure that farmers can be supported through periods of extreme price volatility, we have to first of all ensure that ...More Button

As regards the market support measures themselves, the broad thrust of the Commission’s CAP reform proposals is, in my view, generally acceptable, in that the proposals strike a good overall bala...More Button

On sugar quotas, I have been very clear in my support for the Commission’s proposal to abolish quotas from 30 September 2015, but I have also made it clear that, in the event that the quota regim...More Button