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Coveney, Simon

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

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Coillte Teoranta Lands

Was asked: his plans to include provisions which will ensure public access to Coillte land for recreational purposes, as part of any move to sell any assets of Coillte in the future.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

Animal Welfare Issues

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 489 of 27 November 2012, the review procedures he intends to take to ensure that dog welfare standards being developed in the Animal Health and Welfare Bill wi...More Button

The Animal Health and Welfare Bill which I am bringing forward consolidates a wide range of existing legislation. As such, it will apply in many situations affecting the welfare of animals and so ...More Button

The Animal Health and Welfare Bill does not set out detailed rules for individual species or sectors. These can be brought forward through a variety of means such as Codes of Practice, Regulatio...More Button

Separately, under EU Regulations in respect of animal transport, my Department has put in place guidelines for the welfare of non-farming animals (“other species”) during commercial transport. More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding animal rights legislation that is currently progressing through the Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Animal Health and Welfare Bill which I am bringing forward consolidates a wide range of existing legislation. As such, it will apply in a wide range of situations affecting the welfare of anim...More Button

Was asked: his plans to review procedures to ensure the welfare of animals particularly stray horses who regularly have to be herded by the Garda in the Dublin mid-west area of Clondalkin, Rathcoole and Sagga...More Button

Matters relating to stray or abandoned horses in urban and rural areas come within the scope of the Control of Horses Act, 1996 under which Local Authorities have been given extensive powers. Thes...More Button

My Department also provides financial assistance to Local Authorities to assist in their work in implementing the Control of Horses Act. To date this year, almost €2m has been provided for this p...More Button

The Animal Health & Welfare Bill which I am bringing forward consolidates a wide range of existing legislation. As such, it will apply in a wide range of situations affecting the welfare of anim...More Button

Agriculture Schemes Appeals

Was asked: when a decision will issue an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Suckler Welfare Scheme was introduced in 2008 for animals born between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2012. The objective of the Scheme was to improve the welfare standards in beef breed anima...More Button

While the person named only applied to join the Suckler Welfare Scheme in 2012, Department records show that beef-breed animals were present in the herd since 2009. The applicant was informed in...More Button

The person named was advised of the position in a letter dated 17 September and was advised of her right to appeal the decision to the Agriculture Appeals Office. To date no appeal has been receiv...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a derogation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; 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 payment under the disadvantaged area scheme 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

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a disadvantaged area scheme payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; 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: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee 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: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee 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: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee 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: if a decision has been made on an appeal to disadvantaged area appeals committee 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: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeal committee 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 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. To date, this o...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee 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: if a decision has been made on an appeal to the disadvantaged area appeals committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The derogation application of the person named having been successful, the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application was further processed and recently finalised, with payment shortly due to issu...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a derogation appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; 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 person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid a 2012 disadvantaged area payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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. To date, this o...More Button

Was asked: when the outcome of an appeal on disadvantaged area scheme refusal will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if the appeal will prove successful.More Button

The derogation application of the person named has been successful. The 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application was further processed and recently finalised, with payment shortly due to issue ...More Button

Agriculture Schemes Payments

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

The derogation application of the person named having been successful, the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application was further processed and recently finalised, with payment shortly due to issu...More Button

Was asked: when a disadvantaged area 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

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

Was asked: when a payment for disadvantaged area aid will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; 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. Immed...More Button

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

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

Was asked: if the single farm payment and older REPS 4 payment will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In processing the 2012 Single Payment Scheme application of the person named, an over-claim was identified on one of the land parcels declared. Following direct contact with the person named, the ...More Button

The person named commenced REPS 4 in May 2010 and received payments for the first two years of their contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and is subject to...More Button

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

A 50% advance of the Single Payment issued to the person named on 16 October 2012 and the balancing payment on 3 December 2012.

  As processing of the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Sc...More Button

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

 An application under the 2012 Single Payment/ Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 26th April 2012. The application is now fully processed and pay...More Button

Aquaculture Development

Was asked: the sites off the west coast that are proposed to be developed as offshore fish farms; the scientific assessment of the environmental impact that has been conducted; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has submitted an application to my Department for an Aquaculture and a Foreshore Licence for the cultivation of Finfish near Inis Oirr in Galway Bay. The application and ...More Button

As consideration of the application and EIS is ongoing by my Department in accordance with the statutory process it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the EIS pending a determination o...More Button

My Department has also issued a Site Investigation Licence to BIM in respect of potential sites off the Mayo coast. I also understand that BIM is currently engaged in preliminary work with a vie...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Payments

Was asked: when payment of the agri-environment options scheme will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; 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 1st September 2011.

  Under the EU Regulations gover...More Button

Was asked: when payment will issue under the 2012 agri-environment options scheme to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; 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 1 September 2011 and full payment totalling €1,223.24 issued in respect of 2011. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must b...More Button

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

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

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Was asked: when payment of a disadvantaged areas scheme will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway who has now registered as a horse premises; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

The person named recently registered his premises with my Department, as required in accordance with S.I. No 8 of 2012, Diseases of Animals Act 1996 (Registration of Horse Premises ) Order 2012 Th...More Button

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

While the person named submitted an application for derogation, supporting documentation to further process the application was requested by my Department. Immediately the documentation in question...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid a 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 concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements for 2012. Immedi...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid a 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 concerned has not yet satisfied the scheme minimum stocking density requirements for 2012. As so...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will receive a disadvantaged area payment. More Button

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

Was asked: when payment for derogation 2012 will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

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

Fuarthas iarratas faoi Scéim na Limistéar faoi Mhíbhuntáiste 2012 ón duine ainmnithe an 14 Bealtaine 2012. Níl aon íocaíocht eisithe fós, áfach, mar nach gcomhlíonann gabháltas an té ainmnithe ío...More Button

Fuarthas iarratas faoi Scéim na Limistéar faoi Mhíbhuntáiste 2012 ón duine ainmnithe an 14 Bealtaine 2012. Níl aon íocaíocht eisithe fós, áfach, mar nach gcomhlíonann gabháltas an té ainmnithe ío...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 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application has recently been finalised, payment will shortly issue to the nominated bank account.More Button

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

As the person named does not hold any Single Payment entitlements, no payment is due under this Scheme.More Button

As regards the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, it was not possible to process the application because of issues relating to the validity of the herd number declared. My Department has been in di...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

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 sele...More Button

Agrifood Sector Issues

Was asked: if he will he confirm the number of people employed in the agrifood sector here as of 1 December 2012; the percentage this is of the national employment figure; if he will provide a breakdown of th...More Button

The latest employment figures, available from the Central Statistics Office Quarterly National Household Survey, are in respect of Q3 2012 and they show the following breakdown compared to the same...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the numbers of people per county who are employed by the agrifood sector as of 1 December 2012, including those working in primary production, food and beverage ma...More Button

The Central Statistics Office’s Quarter National Household Survey, which would ordinarily be used for year-on-year comparison of employment data, does not provide figures at county level.

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Was asked: if he will confirm the total amount of revenue the agrifood sector has contributed to the economy here so far this year; if he will quantify this percentage in terms of the overall amount contribut...More Button

The Census of Industrial Production data for the most recent year available (2010) showed that the Gross Output of the Food & Beverages sector was €20.2 billion, representing 23% of all manufacturi...More Button

The same data set also shows that exports from indigineous food and beverage manufacturers also accounted for 51% of exports from all Irish manufacturers.More Button

Although the corresponding figures for 2011 and 2012 will not be released for some time the increase in food exports over the last two years, which was put at 25% or close to €2bn, and a consolid...More Button

Forestry Sector

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown per year for the past ten years of the amount of State forestry land sold and being sold by Coillte and its value; the amount of State forestry land removed from for...More Button

Coillte Teoranta was established as a private commercial company under the Forestry Act, 1988 and day-to-day operational matters, such as the sale and acquisition of land which take place regularly...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been taken by his Department and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to sell 1,100 acres of forestry land in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

My Department is not selling the forestry lands indicated by the Deputy. The bulk of the State’s forestry estate was vested in Coillte, in accordance with the Forestry Act 1988, upon the company’s...More Button

Was asked: the way he can protect existing open access and recreational amenities on Coillte lands if he intends to sell the forest assets and have private operators manage the estates; his views on whether i...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

I am aware that Coillte’s forests provide a range of recreational opportunities for the general public continuing a long tradition of open access to state owned forests. I am also conscious that ...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

Was asked: if the single farm payment will be paid immediately in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

The 2012 Single Payment Scheme application of the person named has been finalised for payment.

  However payment cannot issue, as a conditional garnishee order (a Court order ob...More Button

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

Following validation of the 2012 Single Payment Scheme application of the person named, issues arose on two of the parcels declared. However, following consultation with the person named, these iss...More Button

However, 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 2...More Button

Was asked: when payment of a single farm payment for 2011 will be issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The advance payment in respect of the 2011 Single Payment Scheme application of the person named issued on 17 October 2011 and the balancing payment on 1 December 2011, both directly to the nominat...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: the position regarding an agri-environment options scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; when will same issue; 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 1 September 2011 and full payment totalling €801.59 issued in respect of 2011. More Button

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must b...More Button

Tax Code

Was asked: the tax implications, if any that exist in circumstances (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The tax implications of the transaction depends on a number of factors. There may be several factors involved in individual cases and I would advise anybody in a similar situation to seek professi...More Button

Among the possibly relevant tax issues are: 100% Stamp duty relief on the 1% stamp duty that is normally payable; 90% agricultural relief in relation to Capital Acquisitions Tax; Capital Gains ta...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Applications

Was asked: the correspondence that he has had with a person (details supplied) in County Sligo regarding an agri-environment options scheme; 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 1 September 2011. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based pa...More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an application for agri-environment options scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An AEOS 3 application was received in the Johnstown Castle Office of my Department from the person named on 27 November 2012. The closing date for receipt of applications was Friday, 7 December an...More Button

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme Applications

Was asked: if a decision on an application under the targeted agriculture modernisation scheme has been made in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

The person concerned has submitted an application for grant-aid under the current tranche of the TAMS Dairy Equipment Scheme which closes on 31 January 2013.    His application ...More Button

Fish Quotas

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was not re-allocated the excess quota. More Button

At the close of the first management period in the Celtic Sea herring sentinel fishery on 30 November last, this vessel did not appear to qualify based on individual landings for the second managem...More Button

Fishing Fleet Modernisation

Was asked: if he will detail the various schemes including hardship funds and their eligibility criteria for the decommissioning of fishing vessels as permitted by the relevant authority here; and if he will ...More Button

Was asked: the funding available for decommissioning fishing vessels here; the eligibility criteria for the decommissioning of a fishing vessel (details supplied) in County Wicklow which has been deemed unfit...More Button

Was asked: if he will investigate the concerns of a person (details supplied) in relation to a fishing vessel; if he appreciates the difficulties facing the person; if he will meet with the person to discuss ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 405, 406 and 407 together.

  This matter centres on a vessel bought in Europe which turned out to be unstable and was unfit to go to sea. The ow...More Button

Public Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 237 of 4 December 2012, if he will provide a list of all new services across his Department that have been tested for external service delivery since March 2011.More Button

In line with Government policy, the Department has committed to evaluating all new services regarding their suitability for external delivery, but no such services have been introduced since March ...More Button

Food Prices

Was asked: if he will provide the latest data on agriculture inflation and the measures that are being put in place to stabilise food input and output prices after global crop failures during 2012.More Button

Weather conditions worldwide caused international alarm during the Summer of 2012 as people feared a repeat of the food shortages and political destabilization that occurred in 2010. However, sinc...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Application Numbers

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form a breakdown on a county basis of the number of farmers who received single payment in 2011 in each of the categories €100,00 or more, €75,000 and less than €100,0...More Button

The data sought by the Deputy are as follows:

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Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form on a county basis a breakdown of the number of farmers who have single farm payment entitlements in excess of €1,000 per hectare; the number of farmers with entit...More Button

The 2010 SPS payment database, which my Department has used to model various CAP reform proposals, shows the following distribution of SPS by county and by payment per hectare category:

Br...More Button

Registration of Title

Was asked: the position regarding an application for registration as owners on site transferred subject of a Land Commission re-arrangement (details supplied).More Button

The position is that this is a complex and technically challenging re-arrangement of land where there are title and mapping issues which have to be resolved. My Department is responsible for the v...More Button

Farm Inspections

Was asked: when payments of grants will issue to those who have had satellite inspections carried out on their farms; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In accordance with EU legislation governing the payment of area based aid, in particular, Council Regulation 73/2009 and Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1122/2009, it is necessary for Member States ...More Button

When the available images do not permit a satisfactory verification of the land use or area of a parcel(s) applied for by an applicant, perhaps due to cloud cover, it is an EU requirement that a ...More Button

The cases concerned are then processed to finality as quickly as possible, thereby allowing the payments concerned to issue without undue delay.More Button

Single Payment Scheme Applications

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

An application for the 2012 Single Payment Scheme has been received from the person named. However, since the applicant does not hold any Single Payment entitlements, no payment is due. My Depart...More Button

Dairy Equipment Scheme Applications

Was asked: the position regarding an application for dairy equipment grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned is an applicant for grant-aid under the Dairy Equipment Scheme and has been successful in the selection process for the most recent tranche under the Scheme which has just been...More Button

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

The person concerned is an applicant for grant-aid under the Dairy Equipment Scheme and has been successful in the selection process for the most recent tranche under the Scheme which has just been...More Button

Scéim Liúntais Cúitimh do Limistéir faoi Mhíbhuntáiste

Fuarthas iarratas faoi Scéim na Limistéar faoi Mhíbhuntáiste 2012 ón duine ainmnithe an 4 Bealtaine 2012. Níl aon íocaíocht eisithe fós, áfach, mar nach gcomhlíonann gabháltas an té ainmnithe íos-...More Button

Farm Retirement Scheme Applications

Was asked: his plans for a new retirement scheme for persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following the suspension of the Early Retirement Scheme on 14 October, 2008, due to budgetary constraints, it became apparent that there was a number of farmers who had their preparations to app...More Button

TB Eradication Scheme

Was asked: with regard to TB testing, if the new reactor system is benefitting the control of TB or is there evidence that locking up all neighbours' animals is necessary or is it counterproductive; and if he...More Button

In 2012 my Department introduced a number of changes to the TB eradication scheme, the most important of which relate to contiguous testing. The new arrangements for contiguous testing provide tha...More Button

The rationale behind the change is to restrict TB to the area/herd where it is first disclosed and to protect herdowners with clear herds from buying in infected animals. Prior to this change, h...More Button

The change to the contiguous testing programme has been effective in that there has been a significant increase in the incidence of TB in contiguous herds in 2012 compared with 2011, indicating t...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

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

An application under the 2012 Single Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 7th May 2012. In order to comply with EU requirements, the applicant w...More Button