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Coveney, Simon

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


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

Processing of this application has recently been finalised and payment will issue to the nominated bank account shortly.More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal on stocking density in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; 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: the position regarding an appeal under the disadvantaged area scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; 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 ...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Appeals

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal for single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application under the 2012 Single Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Schemes was received from the person named on 24th April 2012.

  In order to comply with EU requi...More Button

Agriculture Schemes Appeals

Was asked: if a decision has been made on an appeal for an area payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; 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 questio...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 547 of 27 November 2012, the criteria used by the agricultural appeals office to deem the two appeals successful; the grounds on which the appeals were submitt...More Button

As the grounds for the decisions by the Agriculture Appeals Office in the two cases concerned are quite detailed, I will forward copies of the Appeals Office decisions to the Deputy with the person...More Button

National Milk Agency

Was asked: if the remit of the National Milk Agency could be extended in order that it would be able to control the price paid for liquid milk, not only to farmers by the processors, but also by the retailers...More Button

The National Milk Agency, which operates under the aegis of my Department, does not have a role in setting the retail price of milk. The Agency was set up in 1994 to ensure an indigenous year round...More Button

There is a general prohibition of price fixing under EU and Irish competition law. While prices paid for products in the marketplace are a function of a number of market forces and the negotiati...More Button

At EU level I understand that the high level group on better functioning of the Food Supply Chain has asked the Expert Business to Business Platform to make recommendations on a Community wide ap...More Button

Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: his plans to ask farmers who ring his Department, for some sort of identification, such as their PPSN, to ensure that those ringing are the person's they claim to be and to ensure security of infor...More Button

My Department ensures that personal data held for the administration of its schemes and services is protected in accordance with Data Protection legislation. Customers who contact my Department by...More Button

Budget 2013

Was asked: if he has evaluated the combined impact of the budget cuts on farm holdings in the west of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Budget 2013 recognises the key role that agriculture and the agrifood industry has to play in Ireland’s economic recovery. The measures introduced build on those introduced in Budget 2012 and will ...More Button

Suckler Welfare Scheme Extension

Was asked: if he has evaluated the long term economic impact of the closure of the suckler cow welfare scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme was a five-year Scheme which is ending on 31 December 2012. I have, however, made funding of €10 million available for this Scheme in 2013. These funds will be used ...More Button

I am, therefore, pleased that a Value for Money Audit, which was undertaken in accordance with the Department of Finance Value for Money and Policy Review Initiative, established that the Scheme ...More Button

It was important to build on progress made under the lifetime of the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme. Therefore, I have allocated €10 million in 2013, financed from unspent Single Farm Payment Funds ...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway may expect to receive their headage 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: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received their disadvantaged area scheme payment for 2012 in view of the fact that their stocking was curtailed as a result of their ...More Button

As processing of the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application has recently been finalised, with due regard having been taken of the stocking restriction, payment will shortly issue to the nomina...More Button

Rural Environment Protection Scheme Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary will receive payment in respect of the rural environment protection scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named commenced REPS 4 in April 2008 and has received payments for the first four years of their contract.

  REPS 4 is a measure under the 2007-13 Rural Development Pr...More Button

Was asked: when a REP scheme 4 payment will issue in respect of a person in (details provided) County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person named commenced REPS 4 in June 2008 and has received payments for the first four years of their contract.More Button

REPS 4 is a measure under the 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before any paym...More Button

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: if he will provide details of each service in his Department that is currently outsourced; the company that provides such services and the total cost for these services; the other services which ma...More Button

It is not possible to provide this information in the required time. I will forward it to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Agriculture Schemes Payments

Was asked: when a REP scheme and 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

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 their disadvantage area payment and their single farm payment for 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In order to comply with EU requirements, the application of the person named was one of a number selected for inspection. The inspection and related processes have been finalised and payments unde...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Payments

Was asked: when single farm payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; 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 to the person named under the 2012 Single Payment Scheme.

  In relation to the 2012 Disadvant...More Button

Scéim na Limistéar faoi Mhíbhuntáiste

Fuarthas iarratas faoi Scéim na Limistéar faoi Mhíbhuntáiste 2012 ón duine ainmnithe an 11 Bealtaine 2012. Níl aon íocaíocht eisithe fós, áfach, mar nach gcomhlíonann gabháltas an té ainmnithe íos...More Button

Fuarthas iarratas faoi Scéim na Limistéar faoi Mhíbhuntáiste 2012 ón duine ainmnithe an 11 Bealtaine 2012. Níl aon íocaíocht eisithe fós, áfach, mar nach gcomhlíonann gabháltas an té ainmnithe íos...More Button

Cuireadh achomharc an duine ainmnithe ar aghaidh chuig Coiste Achomhairc an DAS le breithniú a dhéanamh air; a luaithe is a dhéanann an Coiste breithniú ar an achomharc seo, cuirfear in iúl don dui...More Button

Forestry Grants

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

The Tax Clearance Certificate has been received by the Forest Service. Payment of the second instalment of the establishment grant cannot take place until after the fourth anniversary of planting o...More Button

Installation Aid Scheme Applications

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

My Department has no record of having received an application for grant-aid under the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme from either of the two persons named. As the Scheme concerned has been susp...More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Was asked: if he has met representatives from the drinks industry recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I meet, on an ongoing basis, with representatives of the various sub-sectors of the agri-food industry including the Drinks Sector. In particular the regular meetings of the Food Harvest 2020 Comm...More Button

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Was asked: if temporary promotions or acting-up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements for this EU Presidency, if he will confirm that his Department has been given sanction to make s...More Button

In answer to the Deputy’s question, I can confirm that the following staff were assigned a temporary acting-up allowance for a period of one year to work on matters relating to the Irish Presidency...More Button